Green Flash Little Freak | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Little FreakGreen Flash Little Freak

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by womencantsail on 06-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Hotrod88:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Slightly hazed golden yellow with a thin white cap that eventually leaves small spots of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is full of fresh lemon flesh, lemon zest, a mild stinging sour note, and a tad of funky Brett yeast. About perfect. So far, so good!

The flavor is a wonderful balancing act of sweet and juicy lemon citrus, a moderate amount of stinging sourness, and barnyard/hay funk as well. This is nicely balanced, incredibly drinkable, and complex, all at once. Very nice.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. I would have loved to tried this beer with even more bubbles.

Other than the Silva Stout, naturally, this was the standout of the evening for me at the cellared Silva Stout release.

(I've had this before and it wasn't nearly as sour. Perhaps this is getting better and better (and more sour) as it ages at the brewery. This glass was divine.)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold color pour, immense white head to it. Pear, straw, apple aromas with some peppery phenolic notes, this is pretty much the standard saison without funk notes.

No real difference on the tongue than the nose, I'd say maybe the body got a little accustomed to it right away, as the first sip wasn't as pungent as the first bit of whifs. As this warmed, it got a little bit more sour, but ultimately, compared to many of the better beers at sourfest, this was lacking a sour component. Should have been advertised as a palate cleanser.

The brett notes were just too thin.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So much flavor coaxed out of this one, the Brett readily apparent, as well as some barrel-aging (not sure if this is just straight oak or previously used wine barrel. I think the latter.) This is a fantastic beer, sort of along the lines of aged Hill Farmstead Clara or Firestone Walker's Lil Opal.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Bittercreek for the GF tap takeover... Pours mostly clear golden with a sudsy white head.. Slightly sour notes come from the barrel I would guess..

The GF guys said this was an older keg from before the rebranding (probably 2 years old) and the bugs had some time to make this a bit more tart and aromatic... I guess I agree.. Pretty damn complex for a lower ABV sour.


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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of white wine are present in the nose along with notes of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the sourness and funkiness from the brett are a little stronger and balance against the wine barrel flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but has lots of complexities in the smell and taste that make this a beer you want to sip and savor.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cocoapuph
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Way over 1" of head here on a yellow beer, it was probably even bigger than 2". Kept the carbonation though even after that big sell off. Aroma brought all kinds of fruit like pear and apple combos, then some spice rack. Very phenolic in its send off to the tongue.

This has a pungent yeast profile, they don't mince that at all. Kind of a good beer to reset your palate with because it cuts through just about anything.

I dunno, I like Green Flash's hoppy stuff and not much else, but if you like a pungent belgianesque yeast profile, this might be your saison.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The pour on this one is a hazy golden color with a very large white head.

S: Wasn't sure what this was at first, but it definitely makes itself known as a Saison. Lots of spicy phenols, especially pepper, and plenty of fruit notes. A nice pear and apple aroma and a bit of straw and grass.

T: The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma. Lots of pepper, straw, grass, and yeast notes. The fruit character is a bit more on the sweet side with a touch of apple juice to go along with the lemon zest and pear flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: This was a nice Saison, and good on a hot day, but not an amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

817th Review on BA
Draft to taster

@Churchills Sourfest 2011

App- A soft yellow with a tiny bubbly head and not a lot of lace or cling. A bit clear at the pour but settled to mentioned yellow.

Smell- A very flat saison note. Add a little Brett and some funk and that’s about it. Had some pepper and yeastiness but very little.

Taste- Taste follows the nose. This wasn't the best effort from Green Flash. Lacked punch and finished very thin. The Brett added a little to the flavor but not much.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium-high carbonation level. Left a little flat saison with some pepper notes.

Drink- I was very disappointed by this one. Saisons have become a new favorite and this let me down big.

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Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Stone's Bistro & Garden in Escondido, CA for $5. Poured into an 8oz Tulip Glass and excited to try this limited brew!
Note: Has on the Beer Menu 4.5% ABV!

Aroma- High and strong amount of sour and citrus aroma in the beginning of the nose. Very faint floral hops and has a clove like presence. I can detect this is going to be refreshing and at the same time very complexed!

Appearance- Received with a half finger of head that lasts for its meant to be time. Has a light golden body that is effervescent and the clarity is great! Good but small lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Starts with a fruity malt character with huge citrus flavor. Light amount of acidity and the sour characteristic that was found in the nose. Perfect! A bit of spice throughout the drink and then has a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation (hence effervescent note), and leaves a GREAT tart flavor on the palate afterwards. Not a strong tart, but just right.

Overall Impression- Whew! One of my top 5 favorite Saisons! Refreshing, sweet, and a highly carbonated summer beer. I could have enjoyed many more of these but moved on to a fuller bodied beer and new ones I haven't tried. Will be looking out for this in the future, because it doesn't look as though it is bottled yet.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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Green Flash Little Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 47 ratings