Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a massive white head. Only slight lacing. A sweet and funky smell; sugary lemon, hay, and some pepper. Flavor starts off with some lemon and apple that leads into some tartness, some pepper, and sugared hay. Funky. Crisp, medium bodied to this. A nice brew for sure, the funkiness to this certainly adds a uniqueness to the style. They do it well but not sure I prefer this approach to the usual.

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

Photo of BigMike
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a beautifully fluffy white head that settles to a thick, craggy cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing.
S - Nice fruity aromas of lemon and orange peel with a strong Brett character. Earthy, with a touch of plastic, and a bit of clove-like spiciness.
T - Not as flavorful as the Brett-monster of a nose would suggest, instead it's a nicely drinkable mix of crisp citrus, ripe pear, and earthy, plastic-heavy Brettanomyces. Good, but not great.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice offering from Green Flash, I'd be curious to see how it ages.

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Photo of matjack85
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz bottle served in a small brandy snifter.

It took awhile to see what color it was because the entire glass filled up with frothy white foam from top to bottom. After a 10 minute wait (I'm not exaggerating) about half the foam dissipated showing a honey/orange liquid. Lacing was good but the retention bordered on being ridiculous.

The beer had a hoppy citrus smell.

Complex mix of flavors that just don't work well together. It's both bitter and sweet, fruity and funky, but the resulting taste is like a bitter medicinal band-aid dipped in fruity alcohol. I didn't care for it at all.

Between light and medium bodied with very high carbonation.

One reviewer thought it tasted like a dirty sock. I won't go that far, but I didn't much care for it either.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a pint.

Reviews on this brew are very varied but it is worth a try.

Pours a dark orange with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly.

This beer smells and tastes great, it's a nice belgian pale ale with a twist. You can really get all the funk that the brettanomyces have to offer.

If this was available to me, it would be the kind of beer i'd by cases of.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden beer with an impossibly huge head, settles down with lace

S: some floral and citrus, fresh and bright

T: tasted like across between an IPA and a Belgian pale ale - some wood and citrus flavors, crisp hops and zesty yeast

M: crisp, clean, refreshing

O: a well-made Belgian-style ale, but unique enough that it presents its own merits; slightly hoppier and less smooth than the Orval to which I have heard it compared

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Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange with ridiculously massive, clingy head that keeps climbing despite my best efforts to stop it. Patience required.

Smell: Definitely Brett aroma with loads of barnyard funk. Some spicy hops as well.

Taste: Strong Brett taste as well - funky and earthy. The malts are rich but soft. Strong spicy hop presence.

Feel: Highly carbonated body that is extremely light. Very dry, tart finish.

Overall: Awesome Brett beer at less than $2.50 a bottle. Great stuff.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 3Floyds pint glass.

Great pour, as Rayon Vert sports a lingering taupe head that spatters webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The body is a hazy, iced-tea orange with ample carbonation. Nice aroma, too, flaunting tangerine flesh and pungent, earthy Brett notes. Hops are floral and bright and the malts grainy with hints of bread dough.

Spicy hops and spicier yeast is the motif of Rayon Vert. Leafy, herbal hops combine with Belgian yeast esters and a kiss of funk from the Brettanomyces. The 7% is well hidden until the end, where a hit of warming alcohol flashes across the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a dry, medium body. Overall, a fairly tasty beer, but I was expecting a bit more from Green Flash given the ingredients to this beer. Perhaps after a few months of aging the Brett will really start to shine.

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Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Rayon Vert has a hazy copper appearance with thick white head. Great retention and good lacing left behind.

Aroma is really unique and very pleasant. It's loaded with fresh tropical fruit and citrusy, floral hops.

Flavor is intense but balanced. There is a light malt base that really lets the abundant hops and Belgian yeast shine. The hops have lemon, grapefruit, and spice notes. The yeast adds a kick of black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced but lots of good hoppy bitterness.

Overall a really nice Belgian IPA if you ask me.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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