Friendship Brew Black Saison – Green Flash Brewery (San Diego, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Friendship Brew Black Saison – Green Flash Brewery & St Feuillien, 5.7% ABV –1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (San Diego, CA, USA)

On the front label:

“Our second collaboration with Brasserie St-Feuillien, Friendship Brew, is a Black Saison that blends European and American hops, Belgian yeast and a cache of secret spices. The aroma and flavors are enticing, with delicate fruitiness, subtle spice and rounded roast malt characteristics. Bottle conditioning provides lively carbonation and rich beer foam for a luscious body and a lean, dry finish.”

  • Style: (spiced) Saison
  • Taste: fizzy/acidic -> sour/burnt roasted malts/peppermint/toffee -> off-dry malts/grapefruit hops/burnt bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., August 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours ultra-dark brown with a superb foamy-fluffy head, great retention, sticky lacing, lots of bubbly activity.

Nose: black cardamom, burnt cedar, peppermint, caramel malts. (4/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: creamy fizzy with an acidic backbone

Mid-palate: medium sourness, (MAIN) toffee (7/10)-sweetness, peppermint, burnt-bitter roasted malts

Finish: off-dry malts, grapefruit bitter & burnt bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Not your typical Saison. This beer is COMPLEX and quite taxing on the palate.  Definitely a “different” beer.

West Coast IPA – Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

West Coast IPA – Green Flash Brewing, 7.3% ABV, 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (San Diego, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“A menagerie of hops is layered throughout the brewing process: Simcoe for unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes and cascade for floral aroma. A multi-dimensional hop experience.”

  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste Profile: biting hops -> orange citrus/malt -> grapefruit hops/pine/bittersweet hoppy finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off), September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: 4 different hop varieties listed on the label, each contributing to the full-bodied hoppy character of the beer, intriguing. I also like textured raised Green Flash font on their bottle. Pours almost transparent orange/brown with a nice foamy head, thin layer of micro CO2  retention, some active streams.

Nose: Inviting fruity orange citrus hops and light pine (8/10-aromatic strength)

Attack: biting pine hoppiness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) PROLONGED orange fruitiness, light malts

Finish: sharp to soft bitter grapefruit hops, pine, semi-sweet hoppy bitter finish.

Summary: Quite a fruit-citrusy IPA with lots of grapefruit bitter hoppiness to balance it out. Quite likeable if you already enjoy IPAs; probably not so much if you don’t. It gets heavy on the palate toward the end of the bottle.

Rayon Vert – Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA, USA)

Rayon Vert – Green Flash Brewing, 7.0% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Pale Ale
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy sweetness -> barnyard/clove/ginger/tangerine peel -> nutmeg bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: 6/$13 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange with a massive wtf foamy head, very sticky lacing, large clusters of fast CO2 streams. Sour tangy apple and mild barnyard on the nose. Very creamy mouthfeel up front, balanced 7/10-sweetness, tastes of barnyard, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, bitter tangerine peel, and a long nutmeg exhale. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, excellent carry, great drinkability. Fab Belgian-Pale Ale hybrid.

Double Stout – Green Flash Brewing, 8.8% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (San Diego, California, USA)

  • Style: (strong) Stout
  • My Rating: A-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy sweetness -> roast coffee/burnt malt -> bitter chocolate finish.
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: 6/$13 (after 10%), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: perhaps
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours ink jet black, small creamy foamy head, light ringed retention, minor lacing, slow clustered streams. Aromatic coffee on the nose. Ultra satin creamy mouthfeel up front, 7/10-sweetness, roasted coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, burnt malts, finishing smooth and lingering bittersweet. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, great depth, great drinkability. An excellent stout for a fab price.

2nd tasting (2/2013): awesome roasted nose and creamy head on the pour. Detected a bit of licorice in the flavour profile, along with mild coffee sourness in the finish. Quite milky/creamy. Very nice mouthfeel.