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Beach House Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Green Flash Summer Saison

Added by tonistruth on 09-01-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean bready yeast, bright lemon citrus, and vinous/fermented chiles form the bulk of this beer's smell. A whiff of bacon-like umami is detected at times.

T: Begins dry, with lightly toasted pilsner malt, bright citrus fruit, and fennel seed. Understated grassy hops emerge in the middle as yeast becomes more assertive, but never funky. Finishes very clean, with a hint of sweetness, leaving the palate refreshed.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet on the palate, with heavy carbonation that prickles the palate.

D: A light saison with bright, clean character that features a few small mis-steps. The hints of smoky umami are out of place stylistically, even though they are fleeting and appealing. The abundance of carbonation is slightly fatiguing due to the filling effect it creates in the stomach. This beer is stylistically similar to, although a step below, the Bruery's Saison de Lente, suggesting the birth of a wonderful West-Coast tradition in saison brewing.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours bright hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Good lacing. Fresh orange peel and coriander nose, with lots of spice and ginger. Yeasty big time. Taste was zesty, lots of orange and orange peel. Tangy peach/apricot bite, almost sour. Very tart and dry. Some have been saying Granny Smith, but to me it was more sour apricot candy with a bitter end. Very easy going down. Liked it.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Bright and clear golden. Little to no lacing down the glass.

Wonderfully aromatic beer. Floral, hoppy, spicy, and a tad funky. Very complete saison aroma, and this one seems particularly bright and aromatic.

Not quite as funky in flavor as I may have expected from the aroma, but still a decidedly good saison. Bright floral and hop elements combine for a wonderful drink, though it seems to drink much heavier than a 4.5% ABV beer. Seems far more substantial than the alcohol content would have me believe.

Medium bodied, but a touch heavy and thick in the mouth. I find myself drinking this one slowly.

A bright, floral, hoppy saison.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed beautiful golden billowing white head, right off the bat as the lacing settles I get citrus, spicy yeast, and a slight peppery hint. Diving right into flavor, spiced mild citric notes with a mild Belgian yeast chalky/spiced character. More citrus comes out with each sip, a bit of mellow West Coast hops in the back end help it out, very drinkable more fruit esters super enjoyable Summer Saison. Mouthfeel is smooth sturdy carbonation carries the body well, nothing becomes rough or stagnant on the palate between sips other than a touch of lingering Belgian yeast spiciness. Overall a solid summer beer that I will reach for especially when it's only 4.5% abv and available in the summer heat prior to a ball game.

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Photo of iSrALE
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of scaryguy4u
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold taste, good saison. Mildly funky aroma with spice. Above average mouthfeel, bitterness accompanies the ginger, orange and spice. More of a sipper than an after mowing lawn beer, but very good with a mulicoursed meal. Grapefruit coloured body, with retained three-eights of an inch head.

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Photo of californiakebab
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the new brewery and picked up a growler of this...pours a brilliant straw gold with a silky white head that leaves plenty of rings around the glass. Even after it's been sitting for awhile there's still head on it! Aromas of tart orange, lemon, some faint belgian esters of clove. The taste mirrors the aroma with lots of citric flavors, and an element of tangy, tartness. Some spice comes through towards the end, along with dryness. It gets a little puckering once the glass warms up. This is a very well attenuated beer with a light body, and a dry finish, which is exactly what a great saison should be. Overall, highly drinkable and refreshing...I like how its only 4.3%, seems there aren't many Belgian's out there with this much character at a lower ABV. Another great job by GF.

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Photo of KMcG
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with nice large bubbles, fizzy head that builds nicely then diminishes to a slight lace

Lemon, belgian yeasty funk, grass and a touch of honey and coriander. 

Slightly funked, clove and ginger are present, but there is a nice lemon overtone. 

Light and refreshing- great summer ale. There is great carbonation fuzz that keeps your mouth happy. 

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Grassyness & mown hay, white pepper, plus grainyness

T: Follows the nose, a slight bit of yeasty twang, some lemony & a touch of band-aids up front. I do pick up some orange peels once this warms along with grainy notes, a touch of grains of paradise too & bit of grapefruit bitterness. Finishes grassy, crisp & with some serious bitterness derived from the orange peels

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation

On the low end if the ABV scale, but probably more in line with what Belgian farmers were brewing & giving to their farm hands I'm sure, Very drinkable, but not terribly interesting

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Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a New Belgium globe glass. Pours a golden hazed yellow with a thick and rather resilient cap of white foam. Looks good, and offers solid lacing throughout the glass.

Nose of light lemon and a bit of spice, yet pretty solid through the foam. Touch of Belgian-esque yeast is everpresent in a good way.

Flavor is bit muted however and offers a short finish. Decent but short and in fact a bit of a letdown given the pour. Pleasant nonetheless though lacking a bit in body for the style.

Overall a solid offering that might benefit from a bit more residual malt..

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Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zonker17
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my ever-trusty Zatec fluted glass from a 22oz bottle. Nice 2 fingers of spongy head with decent retention and average lacing. Nice cloudy golden color. Smells a bit citrusy and corianderish, more like a Belgian white than a Saison in my opinion. Flavor is similar. Definitely leaning toward the Belgian white. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, slightly creamy. Refreshing, imminently drinkable. A little skewed from style, but definitely achieves what a Saison should. Another winner from Green Flash.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(had this on draught at the brewery in Vista). Pours golden with thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is grassy, hay, spices. Taste is semi-sweet with some dry bitterness. Light bodied with thin and oily texture. Finish is bitter. This was ok, but I could see having it when it warms up here in Arizona and I'm in the mood for a saison.

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Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of KDawg
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head and a clear lighter gold color. Pungent with tones of oranges, spices, citrus tones and even some floral tones. Lighter on the palate, but not lacking at all. Smooth with more prominent spices. This is a real good domestic saison

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, fizzy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of citrus and spiciness.

Tastes of some pretty mild fruit notes with a spiciness on the back end. Citrus and a bit of sour apple make up the fruits. A touch of grainy sweetness adds in the middle. On the end notes of coriander, white pepper, and some earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find it to be quite a good saison, but I wish the price was a little less.

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Photo of nataku00
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A summer beer in the winter months but found this bottle noodling around in the back of a shelf as I was looking for a nice beer to go with roast chicken. Beer is a hazy pale golden color with two fingers of bright white foamy head. Head dissipates slowly, leaving some thick lacing along the inside of the glass, until a half finger collar of bubbly foam remain. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is a light grains and biscuit malt, some light floral and citrus aromas and some fruity esters that remind me of green grapes and white peaches. Mild aromas overall.

Taking a sip, stronger floral and citrus flavors accompany the biscuit malts and fruity esters. Decently refreshing beer, finishing dry on the tongue with only light lingering floral flavors on the tongue.

Light body and effervescent, carbonation softly sweeps your tongue clean and dry. Easy drinking and refreshing saison.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Biketopia
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Beach House Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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