Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker

Reviewed by on July 18, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.

  • Origin: San Diego, CA, US

  • Rated On: July 18, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

San Diego’s Green Flash is well-renowned for producing uber-hoppy brews, but they obviously know how to branch out, like with this one – and wow, passion fruit seems to be the current adjunct du jour in the brewing world this summer, eh?

This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky arc-weld lace around the glass as it slowly subsides.

It smells of pungent passion fruit, blood orange, and guava tropicals, semi-sweet bready wheat malt, a lesser pale graininess, ethereal earthy spice, and a small leafy and grassy green hoppiness. The taste is sort of sugary passion fruit, peach, lime, and lemon fruitiness, sweet bready wheat and pale malt, and some very gentle leafy, weedy, and lightly floral hop bitters.  The carbonation is rather thorough in its actively engaging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nice airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff.  It finishes well off-dry, the lingering tropical fruit (led by a distinct passion fruit character, so, yay!) bouncing around the remains of the wheaty malt day.

Overall, this comes across as a fairly simple fruit ale, the big fruitiness joining the base mixed malt to provide a straightforward summer quaffer.  Not particularly tart, to refute the label’s claim, but perhaps I’ve just been having a few too many Berliner Weisses of late.

Brady White

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