Brew Review

Beer Review – Green Flash Summer Saison

This is going to sound a bit odd, but I am trying to figure out if Green Flash Brewing Company makes a bad beer (it has been my experience that every craft brewery occasionally puts out a dud or two). Of the twelve beers that are in their current line-up, I have so far had six: West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Double Stout, Rayon Vert, Palate Wrecker, and Imperial IPA. Every single one was a delight to drink, and I would never hesitate to have them again.

This particular bottle of the Green Flash Summer Saison was purchased during a recent beer run to Wine Works in Marlton, NJ. When you visit the Green Flash website, this beer is not listed, but they do have a Farmhouse Ale called Saison Diego. Since the ingredients listed on their website are identical to the ingredients listed on my bottle, I am going to assume that this was simply a renaming of this beer. Here is what Green Flash has to say about their Summer Saison / Saison Diego:

Unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels, Chinese ginger and grains of paradise. Light, bright, spicy aromas, lively carbonation and earthy flavors co-mingle with musty notes that add funky complexity.

Let’s find out if their Summer Saison is as enjoyable as their other beers…

  • Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Lots of tiny, fast rising bubbles that rise rapidly to form a thick fluffy head which dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing clings to the glass.
  • Aroma: Lemon zest. Yeast. A hint of clove and other spices.
  • Taste: Medium carbonation with lots of small, fizzy, champagne like bubbles. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Starts off slightly tart with lots of lemony notes. No bitterness whatsoever. The lemony citrus notes are there from start to finish and you also get some flavors that remind me of sourdough bread. Crisp, clean finish. Dry and astringent aftertaste.
  • ABV: Not listed on the bottle or the Green Flash website. Rate Beer says it’s a 4.2% and Beer Advocate say it’s a 4.5%.

The streak continues! I really enjoyed the Green Flash Summer Saison. This is a beer that would be perfect on a warm summer day. It is crisp and refreshing enough to have on its own, or as a fitting accompaniment to a wide variety of food. While it’s not as funky or complex as a Saison DuPont, I would put it on par with the Goose Island Sofie as a great American interpretation of this Belgian beer style. Once again, well done Green Flash!

7 replies »

  1. So, as is usually the case, I’m minding my own business (along with the business of my day job as evidenced by the reams of excel spreadsheets adjacent to my keyboard) when I happen upon a word in the title of an e-mail: “flash.” Well, given the prevailing Rule of Tuesday, namely, that engagements of interest or levity are scarce, I couldn’t help but click on the e-mail in hopes of catching a fleeting glimpse of a small green naked man – or, better yet, Giada Delaurentis. After all, its becoming rather well known that she stalks unsuspecting interwebs surfers only to flash them when they least expect it…

    Alas, no naked descendants of classic Hollywood royalty or thinly veiled green buttockses. Crestfallen, I gave serious consideration to migrating to so I could drown my sorrows by taking in a raucus viewing of We Like Tha Moon or Hover Bacon. I even debated the possibility of filing down the edges of the printed excel spreadsheets to prevent life-threatening paper cuts but then I read the e-mail tile once more – very slowly this time.

    Green Flash…. aHa! The brewery in San Diego! Just so happens that I have some familiarity with them, with craft beer in general and with San Diego. BINGO! Who needs to sneak a glance at a petite TV chef (one far too enamored with fetid cheese products) when there’s craft beer post to comment on????

    So you knew all of that already…..

    I’ve been on the Quest for the Holy Ales long enough to have had several Green Flash brews including all of the ones you listed and a few more. Not a dud or even a mediocre brew among them. In fact, you could make the argument that a few of their beers define the style (West Coast IPA, Le Freak & Double Stout come to mind). Given their brewing neighborhood (Stone, AleSmith, Port/Lost Abbey, Ballast Point and others) they can’t afford to brew to anything below world-class standards every batch out and it shows.

    And of course, if you’re situated just right on a beach in La Jolla, Del Mar or Solana Beach with one of their brews in hand at sunset you can actually see the elusive green flash as the sun dips into the Pacific. Pity it doesn’t work if you’re on the Least Coast – especially if you’re within 5 miles of a $5 Below Store.




  2. Two things…

    First, nice review. The photo and description have me longing for a cold one.

    Second, you do realize that when you review a West Coast beer, you will force the Monger’s hand. Fortunately, his missive was mostly on point. Tuesday must be a good meds day.


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