Fearless Fifty
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.8 | pDev: 9.21%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review from April Fool's Day, 2017.

Pours a brass like color. Good clarity, especially for a saison. Ample 3/5" white head. Hits a standard yeasty saison push in the aroma upside some orange peel notes. Truly smells as the label reads.

Taste veers a little from the smell. Doesn't have the taste of a saison yeast as much. There is a weird bitter astringency to it that can't be just the saison yeast. All this rose hip talk doesn't pan out in the taste. Thought it would have had a drier finish on the back end. Really not all that memorable, one of those beers that was quite middling, no off flavors, but also doesn't do anything so good that you talk up any particular aspect of the beer. At best, it looks well made and is relatively affordable. The orange is probably the most prominent thing, but its a mixed bag, I don't want fruit to be the most forward thing in a saison, but it did tamp down some of those clove type notes that I'm not big on, so its a shell game at the end of the day.

Jul 02, 2020
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Dec 01, 2017
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jun 02, 2017
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UPMD_Bill from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

May 08, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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crimsonfloyd from California

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Mar 30, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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-

Mar 23, 2017
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constantine_272 from Oregon

4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely bright golden beer that built a nice foam on the pour but settled to a thin ring. Just a little haze from some bottle yeast. Bright grass and fresh hay with some earthy clay and terracotta on the nose. Tasty brew. Dry yeast and water crackers. Earthy stone fruit of apricot and peach with a bright lime and green grass tartness. Fabulous. Very rich, breads, earthy, bright and so complex. Perfectly balanced between sweet and tart, dry and juicy. Again quite complex. Wow, great saison! Easy drinking with tons of flavor and depth. Never would know it came from California and not some small brewery in Europe. Other people critiqued this beer for the rose hips and orange peel not being detectable or strong enough, but I applaud Green Flash for the restraint. Those ingredients are best used when accentuating a the fundamental flavor profile of a saison instead of dominating it. Will buy more before its gone!

Mar 11, 2017
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descobar from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bought at TJs in Dadeland. 22 oz bottle
Look: Straw to pale gold with a thin-ish white head with very low retention. clarity is about 85%. no lacing observed. Smell: yeast derived fruity esters and peppery spices. soft wheaty, bready, light malts and some floral hops.
Taste: all complexity here is coming from the yeast esters and derived spices. good balance between malt sweetness and moderate bitterness. I do not detect separate flavors from the orange peel or rose hips.
Feel: medium to medium full body with oily texture. moderate carbonation is present and the astringency is pronounced. Finishes dry and short with only some astringency lingering on the palate.
Overall: a decent enough Saison although the expected white head, retention and lacing typical to this style are lacking. Also the experimental side (rose hips and sweet orange peel) is too subtle.

Mar 08, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pale/light orange with a one-finger head
S: Wheat, coriander, grass, floral
T: Biscuit, yeast, floral, bit of yeast/herbs
M: Light/medium bodied, smooth, a touch bitter
O: A decent saison, though the orange/rose mentioned on the label don't particularly stand out

Mar 06, 2017
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle up at the Capitol and Front Trader Joe's... Pours clearish golden.. foamy white head has nice enough retention.. Traditional mix of dry spicy saison is punctuated by some sweet orange and sweetish yeasty notes.. Nice saison.. Sorta reminds me of the "Wench B-Day" saison a while back.

All 3.75s

Mar 06, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Superb, clear golden body, extensive visible carbonation, thin bright white head, minor lacing.

S - A hint of funk, horse blanket and acidity, lemon and yogurt, and a moderate sourdough hit.

T - Pretty basic, with bright malt and apple juice, quiet mild acidity, and a crisp close. The more wild notes of the nose are almost complete silent.

M - Pretty clean, with good carbonation that is the primary way the palate clears.

O - Nothing too special, but pleasant enough and quite drinkable.

Mar 04, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light golden brew with a fine-grained pile of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Sudsy mouthfeel. Aroma of vague fruit with a whiff of the barnyard. Made with orange peel, rose hips, and El Dorado hops, according to the brewer. None of those flavors actually stand out, but there is a very nice funk 'n' leather taste.

On the crisp side, even a little acidic, but the Cream of Wheat flavor mellows it out. Then the surprising bitter yeasty aftertaste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

Mar 03, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden orange body with head and lace. Yeast and an acidic bitter orange like smell strike me in the aroma. Smooth, medium body with a slight yeast/bubblegum sweetness feel, and a slightly sharp and cutting acidic fruit taste.

Feb 23, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to tulip. Light golden color with a few fingers of nice, frothy head. Lots of lacing left. Aroma of floral and citrus. Flavor is crisp, spicy white pepper and clove, citrus, banana, pear,and grain. Light and refreshing.

Feb 16, 2017
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: A beautiful looking, hazy golden yellow beer with a huge, two finger head of billowing foam that laces the glass exceptionally well.

Aroma: Fantastic on the nose. I'm getting notes of honey, fresh cut grass, biscuity, flaky, lightly toasted crystal malt and mild bitter earthy hops.

Taste: Upfront, dry, toasted, malty notes of cereal grains, honey, banana cream and vanilla. Midpalate; juicy but bitter notes of orange peel and mild grassy, floral hops contribute to a soft but lingering bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with more notes of dry roasted grains, barnyard yeast and sweet honey.

Feel: Thirst quenching at 5.5%. Full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall: What a delight. I was quite thirsty and had no problem putting the entire pint down in mere minutes. Yeasty, toasty, floral, semi-sweet and very clean. Honestly didn't expect it to be this good. At $5.99 for a pint and 6oz I'd recommend this to anyone (if you can get it fresh). Cheers to Green Flash and Trader Joe's! A wonderful beer to commemorate their 50th anniversary.

Feb 13, 2017
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber split between two glasses. Served in a Duvel tulip for me. Best before 05/18/17.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a hint of amber. Thin white head, with some strands and islands of persistent lacing. Nice color and good clarity.

Smell: Hints of orange and floral notes.

Taste: Floral, citrus peel, orange, biscuity malt, light bitter finish which is lightly citrus and just a hint of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish, just right carbonation and nice thickness. A tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and well made. A delicate flavor saison, but not so delicate that I have to try hard to pull out the flavors. Maybe a better way to describe this beer is that it has good simple flavors which are perfectly balanced, but not overly strong. Definitely quenches the thirst and paired well with food (Pozole). I could easily finish off a whole bottle of this myself. A nice tribute to one of my favorite grocery stores and really a great beer overall.

Feb 13, 2017
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AirBob from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 finger of fine white head. Quickly dissipates to a thin film with large bubbles and a robust collar. Golden, slightly hazy body. Very little visible carbonation.

Saison yeast is prominent with floral and sweet lemon notes underlying. A bit of white pepper, honey, and light grain as well. Really clean and well balanced. The lemon candy notes from the El Dorado compliment the base saison well, as does the floral notes from the rose hips.

Saison yeast to start - dominate notes of white pepper, banana, and clove. Some lemon, a bit of citrus oil, and roses rounds on the sip. Pepper and lemon linger through the finish. The citrus notes cut right through any hint of mustiness.

A bit thin on the front of the tongue, but the middle and back are full bodied (for the style and considering the abv) and a bit prickly. Medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Refreshing and well balance. The nose is super complex and it's an easy drinker. I came in with low expectations, but this is on par with Trillium's Free Rise.

Feb 09, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good deal on a solid saison. Appearance is totally clear, golden yellow with a finger of white head that dissipates to a ring. Smell is yeasty and bready with a hint of citrus and spice. Taste is at first sweet and bready, but finishes with a slight bitterness. Mouth is just right. Overall, a solid and very easy drinking saison.

Feb 06, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with just a little fog to it. Head foams up to two fingers in height, and white in color. Head retention is a little strange. Most of the head deflates rather quickly, with large bubbles quickly replacing the tightly-laced head. Aroma is a lively saison, with notes of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, orange zest, and biscuit malts. Flavor profile is very similar, with notes of banana and clove hitting first. Belgian yeast with biscuit malts and a zing of orange zest keep this beer lively and fun. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a bit of a carbonated, fizzy feel on the back of the tongue. Still, it slips down smooth. Overall, a flavorful saison with plenty of spunk and liveliness. The Belgian taste with a zing of orange zest really makes this one fun to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jan 29, 2017
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frasergrove from California

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Somewhat surprised by the lower ratings here...but in any case: pours a medium yellow with a light white head. Aroma had a nice blend of Belgian saison yeast esters - pepper, some clove and muted fruit, an essence of the orange peel as well. Nice clean flavor with a crisp finish, more typical saison flavors coming through as well. Quite enjoyable

Jan 27, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color with a thick, white head about 2 fingers thick. Smells of citrus and yeast notes. Tastes of pepper, sweet malts, and citrus. A little on the thin side. Overall it's a solid enough beer, certainly easy drinking. Would go well on a summer day or watching sports. The flavor certainly shouldn't interfere too much with any food.

Jan 27, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very bright and clear, sunshine yellow with a strong fizz and large white head.

Smells like a medium-complex saison: peppery yeast, mild citrus, maybe a little bit of honey or cereal sweetness. Zero skunk or other such musty complexities, but still pretty solid.

Tastes like it smells: yeast spice up front moving into a firm, slightly sharp middle where there's a small kiss of citrus, then ending with more pepper and spice with a lingering finish of honey and homeopathic medicine. Quite complex for its size.

Jan 22, 2017
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sphmiel from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed by Green Flash for Trader Joe's fiftieth anniversary, a saison. Pours clear gold, thin white head. Faint yeast and floral nose. Tastes of sweet malt, spicy pepper notes, thin body. Lingering bitterness. Would be very refreshing on a hot day, as a saison should.

Jan 03, 2017
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