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

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed February 17th, 2013 at the Green Flash tasting room.

Slightly hazy medium-to-dark golden. A nice two-finger white head leaves plenty of lacing in the glass.

Aroma is a very tart affair: like tart cherries.

Flavor : floral yeast character, some tart cherries, a little funk. Slightly powdery. Delicately sweet up front, bitter on the back.

Good carbonation tingle and finishes a little dry.

Oh yes, I will drink this again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer! Maybe GF should ditch the Cali hop bomb for Belgian Styles cause this little charmer rocks the house! Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, off-white, foamy, uber frothy, billowy head that lasts a loooong time and some clingy lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads of small bubble trails. Aroma is spice, herbal, yeast, fruit, malt, and very complex. Flavor's similar to nose; bitter and tang are predominant while not being overdone and still, with the other qualities, still enticing. Body is lively, a tad thin, but still good. Finish is like flavor, long, and in spite of boldness, quite drinkable. World class beer! Hope to try it on draft.

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Photo of Auraan
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful golden hue with plenty of bubbles rising through the glass with a large, fluffy white head that had to be left to settle. Gorgeous to look at. The scent was mostly the Brettanomyces funk, barnyard/horse scent, but also a very slight hint of Belgian yeast and pine. The flavor again, is dominated by Brettanomyces, a sour funk, there are also slight hints of lemon and tastes of piney hops on the finish and aftertaste. It's odd, but quite pleasant to the taste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, but I don't feel that it detracts from the beer in any way, and rather, seems to help it. While I could due with a slight hint more malt flavors, it's still quite good and is a nice showcase of Brettanomyces and Belgian yeast which I enjoy the flavors of greatly. It's an excellent beer and I'd have it again.

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Photo of mattsander
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium clarity, glowing golden with an apricot center. Overcarbonated, a gusher. Long lasting nice head.

S: Spicy yeast character, lots of phenolic brett funk. Smell is complex but sort of 'dull' to me.

T: My bottle was overcarbonated which I feel dulled the experience. I wanted to taste a more malt and hop, the yeast and brett phenolics really dominate this beer.


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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/19/12

A - Fairly clear amber with an enormous head. Only fit about half the bottle into the glass even with an extremely slow pour.

S - Yeasty phenolics, light brett, spice, citrus hops, some fruit with wheat malt.

T - Citrus hops, very fruity, apple, pear, pepper spice, musty, yeast phenolics and a light brett touch.

M - Extremely carbonated, maybe a tad too much. Very dry.

D - Almost a bolder Orval without the sweet candi sugar. A tasty version of the pale with a touch of funk.

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Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date obvious. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.89.

A: SLightly hazy apricot with massive 5-finger head that mushroom clouds with foamy light ivory colored out the top of the glass. There is some lacing near the top of the glass.

S: To me the Brett character is medium-to-strong, but I don't have a very high tolerance for that aroma. The sweaty, medicinal, phenolic character is dominant without a doubt, but there are some citrusy and piney hops notes and light caramel and cracker malt attributes.

T: The flavor is also strong on Brett character, which I usually do not enjoy very much, but this beer integrates it with the pine and grapefruit/honeysuckle/lemongrass hops character and crackery malt very nicely. There is a high degree of phenol in this beer along with pungent sour sweat but also lemon pepper and tart apple/crabapple. If I had to associate this beer with one smell it would be with souring/rotting crabapples under my grandparents' tree in their backyard. It is a very interesting flavored beer, and too Green Flash's credit, the first beer I thought of when drinking it was Orval.

M: If I have one complaint about this beer is that the feel is too slick and solvent-like. The dryness in the finish is medium, but it accentuates the somewhat solventy feel too much. The very high degree of carbonation is understandable given the desire to create a lighter feel, but I think it could be ratcheted down a notch or two.

O: I enjoyed Rayon Vert more than I thought I would as I usually don't like Brett beer very much at all. I would still pick Flying Dog Raging Bitch over this in a head-to-head of American interpretations of Belgian styles (I like the malt and hops character a little more and body of that beer a lot more), but Rayon Vert is a brew I will try again as my palate continues to develop as it does serve up a wondrous number of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of themind
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Everytime I have this beer it overflows my beer glass. The beer is just so carbonated that it actually hurts the brew in my opinion. The taste is good but it's hard to judge when I only get half a glass because the other half is on the bar dripping down the barstool. The mouthfeel of this brew is just a mess.

Bottom line: good taste when you can get it into your mouth.

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

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle

A- Pours a nice amber color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. B e a utiful

S- Hops then spice then the Belgian yeast character to finish. Nice combination of everything you should love in a pale ale and a Belgian.

T- Very hoppy up front but it eases into a nice malty backbone. Ends with a peppery spice and Belgian yeast flavor. A little strong with the hops but not a complaint.

M- I think this is a little too carbonated for me. Makes it to thin for me. Not a deal breaker but kind of decreases the drinkability.

Overall a pretty great beer minus the mouthfeel. Like the hoppy with Belgian character combination.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a large effervescent head.

Smell - Belgian yeast (brett), peach, tropical fruit, a touch of leafy hops.

Taste - Lots of flavour from the brett (e.g. peach), slight touch of leafy hops. Takes a sweeter, fruitier approach. Nice light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Slightly fluffy.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian pale ale by Green Flash. The fruitier approach worked well in their favour. Looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green flash Rayon Vert Belgian-style Pale Ale, Green Flash Brewing, San Diego, CA. "If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would be our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert IS Green Flash."ALC. by VOL. 7%.

Highly hazed, golden appearance, beautiful, gigantic white head, overflowing effervescence. Leaving loads of lace.

Aroma: laden with spice and fruit, flush with Belgian yeast character. Invigorating. Angelic. Impressive.

Taste: Ah! That's the first thought that drops into my mind, nothing but "ah!" Light -bodied, lean, but tons of hops, loads of fruity/funky/spicy yeast character. We've got peach, tangerine, orange, lemon, all ending up dryly on the tongue.

Juicy, malty, delicious. Here's a Belgian pale ale done right, one of the best American versions I've ever tasted. These guys know what they're doing!

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Photo of Friedmanandeggs
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine poured into a pint glass (I know, sorry guys).

A - Bottle conditioned is no joke. Like granted I don't pour beer very well this thing practically gushed out of the bottle. Deep carrot or safety orange in the middle, peach around the edges. Tons of light, whipped, frothy head, like a steamer or egg whites. Buoyant. Chalky and cloudy as you get to the end of the bottle (obvi).

S - I think the yeast gives it a sharp, sweaty funk backed up by a light, hoppy evergreen (pine needles? who knows) with just whiff of orange (almost more like cleaner than fruit). It's pleasant. Very clear. Not so much simple or singular as it is meshed or well blended.

T -It's got a clarity and a juiciness up front, light and brightness around the edges with a sharper yeast/citrus on the swallow and a long, lingering hop finish on the roof of the mouth (for some reason it makes me think of burlap) with pleasant, restrained bitterness. Working it around brings out more of the greener flavors (pine, etc). Very subtle, almost unnoticeable malts.

M - Light to mid-range. Not quite milky, not quite orange juice. Again, airy and buoyant. Cottony.

O - A very pleasant beer balancing ease of drinking with depth and complexity of flavor. A nice bridge between hops and more wild grains, to move someone on from lighter styles such a witbiers to more interesting European ones. I really like, too, how the hops serve to accentuate and spice the other flavors (rather than overpowering them). Motion within moderation. Smooth transitions. Well crafted. Very happy.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: solid brown 650mL longneck, with an acceptable non-macro label.

Appearance: even though I poured gently, this erupted into a veritable fountain of head. Once it had settled, it had a good, hazy mid-straw colouring with a thick and creamy head.

Aroma: there is a definite funky yeast up front, with remnants of fruity hops in the background, and some earthen flavours. Quite muted for the style, probably due to the explosion of head.

Taste: this beer takes a serious dive in this department - there are some pleasant Belgian ale qualities here - Belgian yeasts, earthen and spiced flavours - but they are overpowered by a truly unpleasant and pungent off-yeasty dirty flavour coming from the head.

Aftertaste: once the head had dissipated to almost nothingness and took away that dreadful taste carried through it, this is quite a decent Belgian pale. Those flavours that came across on the nose carry through here, with Belgian yeasts taking the main stage. Much better.

Mouth feel: no complaints here - with a medium body and fine but steady carbonation.

Overall: for AU$13 (2013) a bottle, I was getting ready for a quality Belgian ale. What I got was an exploding head that tastes like off yeast and dirt, and the distinct impression that I would have been far better off with a better and far cheaper alternative such as Leffe, Grimbergen, Kwak or Gouden Carolus. A truly unimpressive beer.

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Photo of Muhly
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmer ~20 minutes after removing from
fridge. Poured from bottle into snifter.

A-Amber in colour. Slightly hazy, but I think I caught a bit of the yeast in the pour? Otherwise quite clear. A very carbonated beer. Poured with quite a bit of off white head in spite of my best efforts to pour slowly. Head falls slowly leaving a wall of lacing behind.

S-immediately hit with some piney and citrusy hop aromas upon pouring into the glass. The aroma does seem restrained somehow, but not in a bad way. There are also a hint of light bready malts. As the volatile aromas dissapate you are left with a barn smell.

T-In spite of the immediacy of the hops in the aroma, the taste reveals a similarly restrained hop taste. Not terribly bitter but definitely shows an American edge to this style with some citrus hop flavours. Malts peek through at the last and balance things out nicely. I get something else at the end and I think it could be the Brett influence as it is a funky barn kind of taste.

M-smooth and even with moderate to high carbonation. Silky over the tongue and finishes very dry.

O-a wonderfully balanced beer, IMO. It just seems extremely well crafted and thought out. I'm happy I grabbed a four pack and will be back for more if the chance arises.

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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange, 3 fingers of white head, rocky with lots of lace. Smell is musty with a great deal of funk, brett, lemon, faintly acidic, a bit of yeast, moderatley hoppy as well, soapy/floral notes also there. Taste is funky with a great deal of musty brett, quite potent, yeasty and fruity the most noteable being lemon, quite substantial hop bitterness, dry initially with some lightly sweet points in there. Medium high dry carbonation,medium bodied. Nice stuff here, good brett and fruit flavours make this quite drinkable.

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Photo of mscudder
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a globe.

A -Explosive pale head with a enough structure to keep the head firm (exterior to the glass!) from spilling when tipped 90-degrees. Absurd retention with a golden amber hue. I waited over five minutes for it settle half way, and I poured half a bottle. Damn.

S- Yeasty funk with vivid fruits. Earth, malts, citrus,pineapple and some hops. Great complexity.

T- Lots of fruit: apple, pear, fig and citrus. Bit of pepper and alcohol on the end. All this sits on a crisp malty base. A good showing.

M - Creamy medium body with lively carbonation.

O - Lots off flavor here. It is very drinkable and has a large amount of Belgian flavor. Almost wish it were a bit more simple... I must say though, I cannot see myself ever turning this one down.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Green Flash Rayon Vert has an extremely thick, whipped cream-type off-white head (actually it exploded everywhere when I popped the cap) and a brilliant, reddish-orange appearance, with some streaming bubbles and about the thickest lacing imaginable present on the glass. The aroma is fruit forward, with orange peel, orange juice, sugar, and possibly even Orange Julius in the smell. Taste is of the highest order- fruit, Mandarin orange, marmalade, orange peel, orange rind, white bread, white bread crust, sugar, yeast, a mild hop bitterness, and white pepper. Mouthfeel is light to medium and slick, and Green Flash Rayon Vert (Green Flash, in English) finishes mostly dry, smooth, mellow, and supremely drinkable. Overall, this is world class to the hilt. Incredible!


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Photo of rawfish
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rusty orange hue, very hazy with a massive cream colored head, makes 4 fingers if you pour too quickly and ridiculous retention. I'm generally under the impression that retention is a good thing but I'm not waiting 15 minutes just for the head on this one to level off.

Mostly Brett on the nose with overripe fruit, pineapple, barnyard must, mild clove, coriander and powder from the yeast. Pleasant and uplifting, just very tempered.

Light malt, grainy with hints of toast. Musty type of funk, more like mildew and rotting fruit than barnyard, citrus and pineapple with a acidic tartness emerge towards the end of the drink. Some Belgian coriander and clove spice.

Prickly high carbonation works well for this beer, feels very light across the palate with a bit of alcohol on the back end mixing with the tartness in the finish. Dries well.

On the fence a bit with this beer, I like it and think it's well crafted but was expecting more complexity and a different Brett profile. The Brett funk shows some massive character, without it this would be very uninteresting Belgian Pale. Good summer beer, worth trying if for no other reason than to get acquainted with Brettanomyces.

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Photo of RoninTK3
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - As others have said, ridiculous head on this beer, to the point of being a bit annoying. Golden/orange color. The head on this does not go away.

S - Funky, musty smell. Mostly brett. Honestly, not much gets through all that head. Very muted aroma.

T - The brett definitely comes through in this. Not super sour, but has quite a bit of funk to it. A bit bitter with some fruity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and very carbonated. Possibly a bit too much carbonation. The ridiculous amount of head on this beer isn't going anywhere.

I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I'm usually very pleased with Green Flash, but this one just hasn't done much for me. It's certainly got the sour funkiness you'd expect, but there just isn't much else going on here.

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Photo of totallyrelaxed
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An almost obnoxiously huge head. It was like fake beer from a bad movie but in a good way. Literally a slow pour gave me about 4 fingers of foamy pillowy head.

S- Brett. Barnyard and funk. I had an Italian Barolo right after and it was amazing how similar the nose was. Sour funk.

T- More sour musty Brett. In a good way. Quite tasty and pleasing on the palate. Not super complex but refreshing and addictive. Was surprised that this was a 7% ABV cause it drank like a saison.

M- Super carbonated but didn't mind. Light bodied.

O- I actually enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Wasn't the holy grail of beers but one I will look for in the summer. Really drinkable and just a pleasure to drink (and look at). Bottles were super cool and retro feeling.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suds out the door after the pour on this one...astonishing! Pours a dark yellow orange, cloudy and great and big, too-long-lasting head. Smells terrific! Distinct notes of fruit and citrus and light flowers and bread and biscuits...very distinctive and very inviting. Tastes lightly sourish, slightly brett funky, and citrus bitter rind and grassiness near the end. Moderate sustain on the hops. Mouthfeel is fine and so is the carbonation, the foaminess only mildly irritating. Brett funk is here, but well balanced throughout. I think a good ale, the best part is the nose.

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Photo of ElSid
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Towering off white head sits on top of this hazy golden brew. The head refuses to give out leaving behind pillows of foam.

S: Biscuit and grain intertwined with bright fruitiness which consists of peach, citrus, and tropical fruit. There are even notes of lychee mostly upon first pour. There is an earthy base to the nose with a hint of grass and the barnyard funk comes through more and more as the brew warms and the huge head of foam fades.

T: The malt back bone is mostly grainy and biscuity with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is also ample amounts of barnyard funk from the Bret with a some sour, acidic bite. Layered on top of this is a nice fruit sweetness which is mostly of peach, banana, along with a splash of pineapple juice. The hops balance things out with a fresh citrus, cut grass bitterness. There is a spicy and warming alcohol finish which comes through more as the beer warms.

M: Lace all over the glass. Lively carbonation, medium feel, decent linger and awesome chewiness.

O: An interesting West Coast Belgian which sports a melange of flavors that, for the most part, find a balance. At times the brew seems busy but settles to a nice smoothness as you adjust to the palate. More balanced than Green Flash's Le Freak, Rayon Vert transplants the heart of a Belgian into the body of a California ale transfused with several pints of Brett. With ample love and nursing this brew heralds the beginning of a new style of craft beers.

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Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a huge head of foam. So much so that it takes several minutes to completely drain the bottle. Body is a hazy dark orange with amazing head retention and lacing.

Aroma is almost all Brett. I can detect some lemon coming through but barely underneath the barnyard funk.

The taste is largely the same: Brett. Now I do love this flavor in the correct style or if properly balanced but that is not the case here. I'm not sure of the age of this beer but the Brett has really taken over leaving just a faint hint of lemon and bread underneath and nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more complexity from this beer. It almost reminds me of a poorly made Geuze. Might have to revisit this sometime.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- good rampant head of foam covers a hazy orange appearance. Very bright

S- lemon spices and herbal scents are rounded off with some Brett

T- massive lemon and citric flavors are blended with the sour Brett. Really heightened flavor with the Brett so young

M- strong carbonation

O- wow, I'm impressed with the flavor of rayon vert. Need to find some

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Photo of od_sf
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

I was pretty happy when I discovered Green Flash Rayon Vert last year. Solid brett beer that I was planning on buying regularly so as to not spend massive amounts of money on Orval all the time.

But I'm done with Rayon Vert. Out of the last five 4-packs I have bought recently, every single beer has been a gusher, with 30 to 50% of the liquid not making it into my glass. We're talking miniature beer geysers here. Six inches of over-carbonated beer shooting straight out of the bottle. Good thing they use thick bottles, otherwise I'm sure these would have been bottle bombs. I properly stored them and made sure that they experienced zero agitation for a few days prior to opening, so that's not the issue.

It's such a pain in the ass to clean, and it's a bummer when you lose half the beer like this.

I emailed Green Flash customer service to let them know about my experience, and they didn't even bother sending a quick response to acknowledge my email. Needless to say, I won't be buying any more of their offerings.

In a nutshell: very decent Belgian style pale ale with brett that is quite delicious... when you can manage to get the beer out of the bottle and into your glass instead of on the counter.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is a dark copper, mostly transparent, with an off white tight head. Nose is light leather, faint dust, strong lemon and citrus with a lingering leather in back. Taste is very good, dusty and leathery, bright citrus and lemon, rather bitter and semi dry in the finish. Carbonation is decent, would prefer high carb but not bad. Very balanced and tasty, solid depth. Winning!

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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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