Beach House Ale | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Beach House AleBeach House Ale

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

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

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 148
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 DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's.

Light straw yellow, dense white head, this is a great looking saison. Nose is excellent. Dry, spicy with white pepper clove and a little floral character, there's a rustic, grainy character. Fantastic! The palate opens, dry, grainy and a touch watery, though that's only because the beer's served too cold. Moderately spicy, the balance on the palate is great. I also detect a mild hibiscus note. Dry, grainy finish, spicy and cripsly carbonated, this is an excellent saison. Highly recommended.

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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 juhl31
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-yellow, and very clear as a non filtered beer would leave you to believe. crazy retention on that white head though. good amount of bubs to start

-bit of hay smell, some belgian yeast notes, and some minor background fruits

-not a big saison taste. there is a bit of lemony with some banana taste behind the yeast, but not as flavorful as i would like

-decent body for the abv, a bit dry and some bitter feel towards the end

-despite the lack of flavor a bit, i do enjoy it. it is a nice easy drinker and would never mind drinking this on a hot day

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

On-tap @ the Green Flash Brewery

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus fruits spices and Belgian yeast

T - Follows the nose with citrus fruit spice and Belgian yeast flavors

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is an excellent warm weather beer that I could drink all day long very easy to drink with its good taste worth looking out for to get yourself a pint

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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 goatgoat
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone tulip. A clear sunny yellow with a thick white head that I wish had stuck around a little longer. No lace. Aroma is light orchard fruits, a nice tangy funk. Don't get much spice in the nose, but the flavor brings more out. A good flavor, finish is bone dry and nicely bitter. Carbonation is a little too filling in the mouth.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice strong golden straw color with some solid haze. Nice 1 inch head recedes slowly and goes down to a nice thin mat.

S - Aroma is a bit mild for my taste. Some slight phenols and spices are up front followed by some clove and nice malt sweetness. Some fruits like grapes and apples.

T & M - The flavor is a bit more like it. A slight musty and tart lemony flavor. Then its followed by some nice mild and sweet malt flavor. Slight clove flavors are present as well and are very prevalent in this beer. Nice and spicy pepper as well and this plus the slight tartness gives it a nice dry finish. There is a slight hop bitterness at the end from the hops that also give it a slight grassy taste on the back end. Great crisp and clean flavors that all work together and enhance each other.

D - Very delicious an with the low ABV a good choice for massive consumption.

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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 m1ked
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 at South Bay pharmacy (which is no longer a pharmacy).

A- pours a hazy, yet bright straw yellow with a huge meringue like head that measures in at 3". Multiple tiny streamers. Looks great.

S- Dusty, grassy, light citrus, light biscuit, little iron/ferrous note.

T- light floral, herbal notes that become second fiddle to the citrus Belgian sweetness, with a little clove and white pepper. The Ginger notes are nice but not overwhelming.

M- light, crisp, refreshing. Finishes dry and crisp.

D- This is a delicious beer, and so easy to enjoy. Great summer refresher.

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

Bomber into a tumbler.

A : Pours a very bright gold with a inch tall white fizzy head, lots of carbonation bubbles rolling to the top.

S : Lots of yeast, peppery spices and a pinch of apricot note.

T : Spicey earthy taste, with a bit of a sweet maltiness. The apricot note from the smell is their, albeit even lighter than then.

M : A nice medium body, quite carbonated but with a smooth finish.

D : This one is gulpable, as a great summer beer should be. Fantastic to cool off on the hot day, but not the best of the style.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- golden straw colored...sorry to be gross, but was the color of urine... or mountain dew

s- sweet tasting with fruity undertones. decent hop aroma, pungent.

t- slightly bitter with a fruity spice. great tasting overall, very mild but complex

m- solid drink with lower carbonation. medium bodied, similar to a flat soda.

d- easy to drink. although more of a summer beer, can be enjoyed year round. Great "starter" beer for a new to craft market drinker.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Green Flash tasting room on 7/10/09.

A - Hazy pale golden/straw-colored body with a light fluffy white head that settled into a patchy film and left lots of sticky, bubbly foam around the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with a mild funky presence suggesting hay, pepper and earthy notes. Some bitter herbal notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Spicy flavor overall with pepper, clove and earthy bitter notes. There is also a touch of barnyard funk in the backend that suggests hay and earthy hops. Finishes with a slight herbal hop bite.

M - Light to medium bodied with a light syrupy texture that's a bit watery overall. Finishes with a touch of spice and bitterness on the palate.

D - Really nice saison that featured everything I enjoy about the style. I found this to be a very well-balanced brew with a bit of sweetness, subtle spices and a hint of funk, which resulted in a very flavorful, sessionable saison.

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

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Opaque gold color with a billowing white head. Aroma is wheaty with some banana notes. Also some citrus, but a distinct lack of spiciness. Flavor is mainly banana pith and lemon meringue. Again, not really any spice. Comes off sweet and underattenuated. Good mouthfeel but this is really just a typically uninspired American attempt at a Belgian style.

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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 Stimack
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this last evening on tap, this is my first experience to find any Green Flash products on tap so this was a treat. The brew was poured to a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized head that left a sheet of foam on the top of the beer through out the whole experience. The aroma is nice, citrus fruit come to mind with some lemon and orange. Also there in the nose is a nice spicy that could be coming from the yeast and/or actual spices, regardless of how they are there they are a nice welcoming aroma. The flavors of this one seem at first to be light but as it warms a little and this session continues more and more flavors come to mind. Citrus flavors of lemon zest and orange is noticeable at first but the further I get into this one a nice spice flavor come out more and ore. Nice dryer finish, very smooth, somewhat velvety. This is a very good and easy drinking brew that I will look to see if they have in bottles as I see Olivers is now carrying some of there offerings.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy gold and wmall white head. Aroma of wheat, lots of spices. Flavor is wheaty with a spicy finish (pepper, clove). Somehow I had a feeling that this would taste a lot like the Southern Tier Cherry Saison and I was right. More wheat beer/hefe like than a saison, but it was tasty.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of rdr2006
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stunning brew. Crisp, bright and session able. I have had this on tap at various San Diego pubs in 2008 and it has been consistently excellent. Superior example of the classic farmhouse ale with a light, clean finish and a touch of orange and spice. This was in decent circulation last spring and summer but resurfaced as a welcome surprise in the fall at the Linkery. Perfect kick off to an evening and pairs well with spicy sausage tacos.

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Photo of charlzm
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 11/01/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Cloudy light yellow beer in a tulip glass. For a head, only a thin ring of foam clings to the sides of the glass.

Powdery, estery, yeasty aroma. Slightly sweet. Touch of ginger.

Flavor is light, almost thin. A suggestion of yeasty bread flirts briefly with the palate before a a faint bitterness finishes up. Not as complex or fruity as expected or desired.

Still and thin in the mouth. More carbonation would probably do wonders for this beer.

As served, not a beer I particularly enjoyed. I'd be willing to try it again, though, to see if this was just on off batch or something.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice golden color some good lacing around the glass.

The aroma and flavor are pretty much what you expect from a saison: very fruity, spicy and dry. Plenty of apple notes, giving it a fresh feel. There is a faint taste of soap, but nothing too harsh. Very refreshing and sweet.

Another winner from Green Flash.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, murky, with a shortish white head. Retention is superb, lacing is okay.

Orange blossom and apple come out in the nose, along with the sweetness of a pale malt. Hops are present but out of the way. Lightness is the only knock.

Lots more citrics in the flavor along with the complexity of some additional spices. Somewhat dry but not too much, somewhat thin, but not too much. Actually this is quite full for a saison.

Tons of flavor for the size; it's very fruity and quaffing. Perhaps some people don't take it very seriously as a result, but I'm impressed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.86/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA, had 2 servings because it was so good,

A: Pours a bright golden colour, with a somewhat fizzy white head which has surprisingly good retention and leaves some nice Belgian lacing.

S: Great nose, one of the best smelling beers I have had in a long time, fruit, flowers, orange, smells a lot like a summer meadow.

T: Taste is fantastic, lemon zest, sweet orange, mixes with mild coriander spice and pepper, malty, dry, but has enough residual sugar to bring it to the forefront at times, yeast brings some Granny Smith apple character adding tart acidity to the already complex flavour, absolutely delicious, the best Saison I have ever had.

M: Mouthfeel is superb for this style of beer, dry, smooth, very easy to drink.

D: This beer is real good, could have drunk this all day if it weren't $5.50 a pop, would drink this wherever it's on-tap, haven't been this excited about a new brew since PtE and Firestone 11, how do they get that much flavour into a 4.5% beer? Great job Green Flash.

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

On-tap at the brewery so why the hell not? Golden color , slight spicy smell.The taste was clean with a little spiciness but very refreshing. This would be an awesome summer beer for barbecues and sitting outside. Nice stuff but that is not surprising for Green Flash.

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Photo of Floydster
2.67/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce goblet at Liar's Club in Mission Beach, San Diego

First taste was good, but then gets too sweet

Golden color with a 1/4 inch white head

Far too fruity with oranges taking over any other tastes

Tasted like Tropicana juice had been thrown into the mix with beer

People made a big deal out of this summer seasonal at the bar, but I could have done without it

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Photo of tonistruth
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap @ Hamilton's in San Diego, CA

A- hazy gold, elegant 1 1/2" white head, good retent, spotty and thin white lacing

S- floral, grainy, wheat

T- wet grain, strong wheat character, malt sweetness, simple, grassy

M- medium body, crisp, coarse from carbonation

D- does summer mean boring? decent at best. a good brewery shouldn't dumb down a good style for "summer"

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