Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Green Flash Rayon Very was provided gratis from the brewer’s marketing department, or such sort of promotional department or agency. The label only lists the alcohol content by volume as 7.0%.
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: This is an enthusiastically effervescent, slightly opaque, light-copper colored brew that throws a huge light-tan dense head of sparkling tiny bubbles.
Aroma: There is a malt essence as soon as you open the bottle. The first aromatic impression is the traditional funky-farm aromas that mark the more remarkable brews from Belgium. The second visit revealed a grapefruit and lime aromas and an increase in the funkiness. The third nosedive had the aromatic sensors in a more comfortable zone and the first and second impressions were recognized as being in the right place.
Mouth feel: This is a full bodied brew.
Flavor: After the cool liquid refreshment, the previously mentioned aromatic impressions became flavors and just as particular. The funkiness flows into the nasal passages where it lingers quite a while. The citric flavors follow at a distance that is rather pronounced. It makes for a rather elongated first flavor impression. The second sip revealed an underlying floral network that holds the citric spikes of flavor closely in an almost thorny relationship. A third swig convinces me that the designation as a “Belgian-Style Pale Ale” is well deserved.
Finish: A long lingering impression, similar to the last impressions left as a maiden aunt of a certain age and social standing leaves a room.
Comments: This is a fine representation of a “Belgian-Style Pale Ale” and it is fresh. If there ever was a brew that would find friends in the Fromagerie this is the one. From hard and crumbly to loose and luscious the cheese plate is the way to go here.
The Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.