Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Green Flash Rayon Vert

Type: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Origin: San Diego, CA
Price: $8/4-pack/12oz
Abv: 7.0%
NSP: 12.4

My opinion of the American BPA style is based on Ommegang's BPA, which is brilliant and delicious.  But Green Flash can't just make things delicious and traditional, they've got to add a butt load of hops to everything.  In this case the affected quality is the bitterness: it's simply too bitter to overtake Ommegang in greatness.  That's not saying it's a bad beer (the aromas are wonderful), but it's just not what I'm looking for in a BPA.

Anyone know the story behind the name?


  1. Google translate, yo. Rayon Vert is French for "green ray". "Vert clignotant" wouldn't fit on that label too well, plus it sounds like some sort of rotten taint disease.

  2. Name sounds like something to do with someone who wants to masturbate to his hop fetish. Green Flash reminds me of the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, "spurray some vindex onn eet!" Sorry guys, windex just doesn't cut it this time.

  3. The name is intended to be the French translation of "Green Flash".