Beach House Ale | 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): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Green Flash Summer Saison

Added by tonistruth on 09-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,633
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
149
pDev:
11.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 75
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, citrus zest, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's quite bitter and the bitterness lingers long after each sip.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down leaving some lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: The smell is mostly filled with aromas of orange peel and has notes of spices (from the grains of paradise) and hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has an interesting contrast between initial flavors of oranges and fruity yeast (with hints of grainy malts) and then a light amount of bitterness and spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels relatively light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would be a good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and spicy with some grain-like aromas.

T - It had a nice spicy bite with some floral notes. Good grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice sessionable saison.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On tap at The Linkery under the name of "Saison Diego" but is supposed to be identical to the Summer Saison. Tastes so much different (and better) than the cask version I had last year.

Warm, rich brew with a distinct Hefeweizen taste. A mellow buttery flavor before the brambly Belgian taste kicks in. Hops and yeasty bitterness make a nice counterpoint to the malty sweetness. Classic Saison flavor profile with a large dose of malt, yeasty funky flavors, and a modest bitter twang. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Moderately tart with a dry, mineral aftertaste.

The label of the bottled version says it brewed with Seville orange peel, ginger, and grains of paradise.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada glass. Golden yellow in color with a thin and bubbly white head to. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has some crisp, pilsner like malts to it mixing with some Belgian yeast spice. I get a little clove to it out of the yeast. Some brighter, refreshing lemony citrus is present as well.

The taste shows a lot of the Belgian yeast spice throughout the flavor. Midway some of the sweeter grainy malts come through, while in the finish I get more of a bitter citrus rind presence.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not outstanding in the style. It was flavorful and pretty easy drinking but the spice and bitter citrus rind felt a little harsh at times. Overall an enjoyable beer though.

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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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The beer pours a hazy golden straw with a thick white head that leaves good lacing.

S: Up front, nice spice notes to the aroma along with some bready malts. There is plenty of banana and a mild citrus rind note (mostly orange). Hints of white pepper, straw, and grass in the background.

T: The beer is lightly sweet with some notes of straw, citrus peel, and grass. Just a very light bitterness to it. Most of the flavor is in the form of bread and yeast, though there is a mild white pepper and coriander.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: Nice and light, easy to drink. An appropriate beer for a warm July day in San Diego.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2011; beer purchased at the end of 2010 Summer
A steady pour into my De Glazen Toren tulip produces a two finger thick, pale, just barely off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, gold-copper color that shows a bright, pretty gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a slight musty pale malt note to it up front that makes me think of a damp field of grain that just came out of a summer rain. There is a bright citrus note here that is backed by an earthy spiciness. The malt also contributes a dry, somewhat dusty, cracker like and even fresh crushed pale grain aroma to the nose. After coming back to the aroma after a moment or two away, I can now smell ginger quite distinctly, there is also just a touch of plastic-like phenolics that let you know some sort of Saison Yeast was used here. This beer is definitely dominated by the spice contributions; I certainly prefer a Saison that relies more upon the yeast character and malt / hop contribution to get its primary character, but the spices are at least not completely overwhelming here in the nose.

This has a nicely peppery carbonation and texture to it that works quite well with the light body; the beer nicely foams up as it rolls across my tongue. The beer is quite dry, but has enough malt character to have a suggestion of maltiness to it. The spices are dominant in the flavor, but don’t overly intrude somehow; ginger is the most prominent spice note, but there is also some supporting citrus, some touches of clove like phenolics towards the finish and a spicy bite to the finish that seems equal parts carbonation and ginger, but also perhaps a hint of pepper like character. The malt character is quite soft here, but does produce a touch of chewy bread like character (reminds me a bit of a chewy, not quite whole wheat bread that has a suggestion of some other whole-grain). As the beer warms up a touch more sweetness comes through, and this accentuates, or perhaps rounds out and makes fuller the ginger and orange zest character.

If I am being completely honest, the texture of this beer is damn near perfect; light, refreshing, with a lively carbonation and enough body to keep things interesting, your really can’t ask for much more in a Saison. Visually it is almost as good, though the head isn’t quite as voluminous and fluffy as found in the best examples. The beer itself relies a bit too much on spices rather than upon the lively yeast character that I prefer; the spices have likely been muted quite a bit, if this beer was compared to a fresh sample, and this works out quite well for me. Despite the spice focus, I find that I am quite enjoying this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap takeover at Bittercreek.. Pours mostly clear straw golden with a nice enough white head... Wheat malt with hints of coriander and perhaps some lime zest or orange peel.. A bit grassy.. Okay Witbier... but only okay.

3.5's

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

This bottle was a gift from SirRuss last October, and has been in my cellar since. Cheers, Geez!

A: Clean at first pour, then cloudy as it gets to about the half way mark. It looks as it should: hazy hay-yellow. A two finger head which sticks around for some time is the product of a decent pour. Suitable lacing follows.

S: Like a wet towel left in the hot summer sun all day, then left to dry overnight. It's got a mustiness to it that it just can't shake. Hints of browning banana and crusted ginger are ever present, but the orange zest which it proclaims on the label is simply non-existent.

T: Again, the label states this to be fruit forward and showcasing crisp flavors of orange, ginger and so on. Sadly, it doesn't - this beer is just too remote for it's own good. Is it tasty? Sure, by standard saison standards, but by the lofty expectations set forth on the fugly label? Not so much. Lots of banana and green apple are the dominating flavors here, and they stick around from beginning to end.

M: Good stuff. It's rich and textured. The carbonation is well done, and the creaminess is where it should be.

O: For a standard saison, Green Flash's Summer Saison is above average. For a more unique take on a saison? Meh.

I've had this both fresh and now with some age, and I can tell you that the key flavor profiles you'd look for in this one are not there in either presentation. With some touching up in the offseason, I know Green Flash could make this one stunning brew.

In the mean time, and in the words of Jay-Z, "On to the next one...."

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Beach House Ale from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 149 ratings
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