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Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
City – State – Country: San Diego, CA USA
Style: Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Release/Date: Spring (no date on the bottle)
Reviewed By: Morey
INFORMATION: Green Flash states that if they would have been founded in historic Belgium, Rayon Vert would be their flagship beer. It’s a Belgian-Style Pale Ale with fresh ale yeast, and Brettanomyces added. Because of the Brett, the label on the bottle mentions that this beer is “continuously evolving”.
APPEARANCE: Pours amber in color with a good 3 fingers of fluffy white foam following a medium pour. When you hold this beer to the light, it’s mostly a beautiful orange with brilliant clarity (I left the sediment in the bottle). Very effervescent looking with tons of bubbles rushing up towards a head that has now settled to about one finger after about 10 minutes. Impressive lacing on the sides of my glass.
AROMA: Musty, Grassy, Lemon Rind, Wet Hops, Early Morning Barnyard, and Hay Bails.
TASTE: Nice tart/sour bite up front. There’s a light layer of caramel malt in the background. Carbonation scrubs the tongue. There’s a touch of hop bitterness towards the middle with a funky (almost musty) flavor pulling through near the back-end. The finish is rather light and refreshing with a hint of lemon.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with a moderate (yet bubbly) carbonation.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is a cross between a Belgian Pale and a Saison. It’s not really all that hoppy, and the Brett delivers that sour flavor that you get with a good Saison. A really tasty, unique, and quenching summer release from Green Flash. Get some.
Score: 4.00 out of 5