Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,366
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.07%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with the typical lack of bottle date thanks to Green Flash. Come on guys! Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a really pretty crystal clear, bright orange color. Finger and a half of bright white fluffy head. Bottle conditioned beer. Great carbonation.

S: I definitely get that Brett on the nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Horse blanket. Wet hay. You know the types. Smells bright and airy and clean. Lemon, grassy hop notes so I feel this is one on the fresher side.

T: It's still a sort of fresh bottle, and you get some hop character up front. But then you get that funk from the Brett. It's pretty darn refreshing. Lemon, pepper, grassy, etc. There is a mild metallic flavor in the mid palate, but that is really the only thing that I didn't like about this sip. Good bottle.

M: Medium bodied beer with great carbonation.

O: If their plan was a homage to Orval, I think they did them justice. it's a solid brew for sure. Just like Orval, the earlier you get it the more hops you'll get. The later, the more Brett you should pull. I'd be interested to see what this one tastes like down the road.

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Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Effervescent and crisp. head dissipates quickly. orange/amber borderline in color. earthy, musty, hoppy scent. "horseblanket" brett'ey on the nose and palate. Very brett forward. Possible age on the 4 pack I purchased. Drinks very nice. Though, would love a fresh take on this.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy rich copper color with some nice vibrant orange hints and some slight amber. There is a nice off-white head that is an inch tall and is quite dense with some bigger medium sized bubbles mixed in there. Active CO2 on the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a nice long time.

Citrusy nose. Hints of orange and orange peel with some slight grapefruit notes. Hops are quite present up front. There is some nice Belgian yeast funk notes in the background there but the citrusy lemon/orange notes really shine to the forefront.

Flavor starts off fluffy like a BPA should. There is some quick barnyard and Brett funk up front followed by a rush of citrusy lemon and orange notes. Hopy grass notes are present as well. The middle portion also has some slight Belgian malt notes with some nice slight spice and some banana. This brew is pretty delicious. I could see how if Green Flash was Belgian they would brew this as their go-to beer. Very well balanced notes of Belgian with a citrusy West Coast hop profile. Refreshing. Fluffy and crisp mouthfeel.

Good offering from GF. I would purchase this more often along with my regular Hop Head REd fix. Very good flavors a nice balance and definitely a nice take on the BPA style.

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Photo of farrago
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big head that initially fills a quarter of the glass, very fine and delicate foam of eggshell white, much better retention than expected albeit with minimal stickiness to the lacing. Cloudy liquid with a strong orange rust metallic coloration, perhaps a light brown tint while more yellow at the rims, loosely assembled but large bubbles rise swiftly throughout. Yeast, flowers, orange peel, wheat germ, apples and pears comprise most of the nose, some earthiness but not really as funky as one might expect, good density but lacks staying power. Full-bodied, here in the mouth it’s creamy and bottom heavy, sinks deeply into the palate. Develops a peppery kick as well as added grassiness, supports the tartness of the orange, lemon citrus and clove. Vague minerally aspect but, again, clean on the whole. Dry, the pear, peach, apple fruit feels cellar dried, most of the sweet juiciness gone. Manages to not appear overtly hoppy nor malty, minimal breadiness or doughiness. The citrus outlasts the rest. More interesting than pleasurable, little is casual about it.

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a New Haven Craft Beer Week tumbler pint glass.

A: Murky, golden orange in color beneath a massive, three-finger head that fiercely bubbles over. The rocky head clings to the glass leaving chunks of sticky, off-white lace.

S: Sweet, funky, herbal, spicy and hoppy with a little bit of lemony tartness thrown in and a pinch of elephant.... yep.

T: Spicy, malty and effervescent up front with loads of herbal and citrus sweetness. Peppery and grassy flavors meld with funky, tart wheat and yeasty fruit esters. A little bit of acidic booziness creeps onto the palate before washing down bright, bubbly and ramped up with Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Very tart, bubbly effervescent mouthfeel, packed with carbonation and a chewy yeast feeling.

O: A fine BPA and one that has just the right amount of Green Flash flair with a hopped out profile and 7% ABV. Drinkable and flavorful, but not crazy about the "horse-blanket" aroma that I can't quite identify outside of the circus. Smell for yourself, but I'll breathe before I sip for now.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.21/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/4/12

Pale, watery caramel brown; medium depth. In a classic "Uh-oh?" moment I'm contending with a head of foam that easily bests four fingers (and the brim of the glass). The head deflates to about a finger's worth but doesn't leave much lace, save a few pepperings here and there. Lace catches more halfway through the glass.

Wow, the aroma is bad. Pale malt trappings and dollops of light fruit are burdened with a wretched vegetal presence that ruins everything. Amid herbs and spices is a pervassive cooked veggie aroma that manages to smell simultaneously steamed, burnt and rotten. Sometimes it smells like an herb garden, sometimes it smells like nursing home kitchen dish pans soaking in water.

Rayon Vert tastes just as unsettling. Onion, herbs, wet grass, pine, and tangy, over-ripe fruit notes. Quite like perfume, too. Zesty citric tones sit underneath and move forward a bit as it warms up.

Medium body with average carbonation. It's kind of gritty, though. The finish is actually ok; juicy citrus notes emerge at that point. Well, some bitterness does linger, too.

Rayon Vert is an good study in palate desensitization and/or acclimation. I started off hating it, then didn't mind it quite as much. Toward the end of the bottle I find myself tired of it. I wouldn't be inclined to drink this again.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly hazy gold in color. An apple white head, huge at first, comes to rest at a 1 inch cap that stays until the end. Beautiful.

The aroma is big on funky brett, along with lemon, lime, sour apple, herbs.

Its flavor follows with acidic citric notes. More lemon, lime, apple, but also notice apricot. Otherwise it's got funky yeast and offers essence of bread from its malt profile. Short finish, but notes of yeast and brett linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, great for summer.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. THIS is the type of brew I love for summer. Full of flavor and character that demands your attention, yet it's refreshing and simple. If it had a bit more depth, it would be a home run, but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased end of PBW at Local 44 bottle shop, slightly dizzy.... bottled on 03 July '12)

A: huge explosive rocky-foamy white head (like an Orval tends to exhibit)... had to pour in shifts and the blanket of sediment on the bottom of the bottle of course eventually broke up a bit and dispersed into the remaining liquid, though I managed to avoid pouring most of it in.... bunch of chunky smears of lace all over... really turbid, sort of peachy-colored hue

S: vinyl inner-tube, like one you'd use in a swimming pool... actually, it smells like pool liner.... this is the second of only two GF beers (the other being the W.C. IPA) I've ever tried and both had this element in spades.... it does eventually taper off a bit, allowing some pleasant fragrant, flowery tangerine to blend in

T: quite a bit of fruitiness up front - almost like bitter orange peel - with a vaguely spicy-phenolic funk taking hold midway through, lasting well through the finish... really don't taste much alcohol - blends in with the fruit flavors?.... it has fine flavor, however, I feel it would come alive more with just 0.5-1.0% more alcohol.... i could swear I start to taste base malt after awhile... tastiest near 60 F

M: despite the voluminous head, there's not much sizzle to speak of - just a tiny tingle up front... the body is sort of a medium-full, but it vanishes... it has a bit of creaminess but balances wonderfully dry.... gradually-building warmth and wellness

O: not a bad job at all! very drinkable, very nicely balanced.... i will hit this again

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Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Large cascading, frothy head. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Spotty lacing.

S: Pine resin, and lots of lemon citrus. Lavender, fermented raspberry, and freshly cut grass.

T: Bitter pine and hay, with just a slight hint of raspberry.

M: Crisp and steely. Bitter throughout, with a very dry finish.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber hue, with a large head and some slight lacing. Nose is really piney, accentuated with citrus and other fruit notes, with a really floral character. Bitter pine and hay with a touch of fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light straw yellow, but my oh my as soon as I opened this bottle it started foaming over and poured into the glass is 90% foam. Way over-carbed.

Huh, not getting much other than a musty funk and some weirdness.

Lemongrass, biscuits, and a rather offputting funkiness.

Light-bodied, (extremely) high carbonation, straight foam.

Overall, either a bad bottle or just a really terrible beer.

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Photo of Squire123
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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