8:30 – Le Freak

First things first, I need to pick up the pace.  Have been eating and chatting to much, need to focus.  Beer # 2 was Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing.  I’m a big fan of Green Flash so was anxious to have this for the 1st time.  This is a San Diego style Imperial Pale married with a Belgian style trippel.  I like it, but am not sure if it’s a repeat offender.  It’s definitely got the hoppiness of an IPA, but I’m not sure I got much of the Belgian style flavor.  It’s a very dry beer, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’m going to give it 3 bottle caps.  On to the next.  Let’s see if we can knock a couple out in the next hour.


Hop Head Red – Green Flash Brewing Company

Hop Head Red - Green FlashI kind of remembered Beer Soaked Scott talking about this one a while back. But I didn’t recall whether he liked it or not. So when I saw only two bottles left on the shelf at my local bottle shop I had to grab one and give it a try. I figured I’d immortalize it on the site with a proper Beer Soaked review. Continue reading

Respect Your Elder(s)

The Beer:  Russian River Pliny the Elder


Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G

Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category)
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF (Double IPA Category)
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Green Flash – Imperial IPA

For my first post I thought I should probably come up with a scale of some sort. So I gave it very little thought and decided that I’ll score on a scale of 1 to 5 caps giving my overall opinion. There are other sites that will break down each characteristic of the beer: Color, Nose, Taste, and Mouthfeel. I might try to mention each of those in my review, but I’m not qualified to score those individually, and really those things are so subjective. I know what I like and what I don’t. As with all opinions feel free to taste for yourself and agree or disagree with me. Now let’s get to it…

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