Monthly Archives: January 2011

Chipotle Ale by Rogue

Hope I find you filled with good beer when you read this tasty post. This ale gets mixed reviews and it’s understandable as not all folks like smokey flavors or chipotle at that, but I do, so here we go with this post.

This is a beer I pick up every few months, and when I do I know it will be served along something that’s been seasoned heavily with herbs to balance the smokiness of the chipotle. When I first read about the beer in a magazine it was highly rated and it recommended you give it a try, but I thought, who in the world would want that flavor in a beer? This Mexican seriously told himself, crazy white Oregon folks! The only reason I bought this when I found the beer on the shelves, was because of the marketing speak on the label; I’m rarely inclined to buy something because of what’s written on a bottle, but this one caught my attention. This is what the label reads: “Dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva, who, in 1575, wrote of a Mexican dish that combined seedless chipotles with beer: Chipotle Ale is based on Rogue’s American Amber Ale, but delicately spiced with smoked chipotle chile peppers. Blend it with Rogue Chocolate Stout and create a Mole black and tan!”

A light sweet aroma of malt, smoke, then chipotle; it’s like someone handed you a spoon of the chipotle paste to smell. I think this beer is meant to be paired with something grilled and as you can see, I had steak and potatoes grilled by my wonderful wife on the night I had this ale. The potatoes were seasoned with rosemary and it added great contrast to the chipotle. Smokiness is immediately present upon sipping, but the chipotle is not far behind and it lingers with a bit of a pepper spice bite, a very faint sweet note of the malt is there but the chipotle overpowers it. The very first time I had this beer it was hard to finish the whole pint of it because of the strong chipotle flavor, but I knew the beer was good and I had to eat something with it to go easy on the tongue. I like this ale for a piece of meat to bathe overnight in a marinade or brine, later hit with a dry herb rub, and then on a grill over some indirect heat… I can taste it already!

This beer is very good and I like that it’s different, for that I rate it Four Beer Caps. Eat it with steak and potatoes, you won’t regret it!



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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Empty Bottles


Le Freak

Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co

Green Flash Brewing Co is one of the many great breweries in San Diego county; Green Flash’s selection of beers are all highly rated and the ones I’ve tried have been very good.  I’m reviewing Le Freak this time around, it’s labeled as an “extreme ale converging San Diego-style Imperial Ale and Belgian-style trippel. I enjoyed sipping on this beer; keep reading for more of my thoughts.

A very inviting aroma that made me drink it immediately.  I got a bit of funk from the yeast, sweet notes of banana and malt, citrus, and alcohol which is expected with this beer at 9.2 ABV; aromatically a trippel.  Citrus up front and a peppery middle bite with a hint of sugary sweet notes.  The finish was hoppy but fades to the alcohol burn left on tongue.  When the beer warmed a lot more of the Belgian sugary sweet notes came through.

This is a great tasting and overall great beer with a mild body that you will surely like.  Didn’t really pick up on the whole San Diego/Trippel thing, but it was a good tasting beer; pick one up and enjoy it.  The one-man team of CervezaPlease rates this beer four caps on the Kalifornia Beer Rating System.

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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Empty Bottles


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This is a collaboration beer between Sam Adams and Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery. When I learned of the beer I read the brewers had created a new beer style under the German Reinheinstgebot beer purity law; sounded very interesting. The purity law states that all beer should be brewed of only four ingredients, malt, hops, water, and yeast. The beer is elegantly packaged and it’s corked; it appears to have been released in time for people to toast with during the holidays. When I uncorked the beer, it sounded just like champagne; a loud pop!

This had alcohol in the aroma and a some yeasty funk, nothing more. I thought I should have used a glass flute and it would have helped with the aroma, but I don’t think it would have made a difference; there really wasn’t a thing I could smell besides mostly alcohol. Granny Smith apples and malt were the only two things I could taste; the beer was slightly tart but did not make you pucker; I wish I had more to say but this is it.

I really didn’t care for the beer and I thought it was a big disappointment to put it bluntly, but this is what you get when you go exploring and trying new beers, it’s never a guaranteed hit. The small label that gave you a bit of background on the beer, read that combined, the breweries had over 1000 years of brewing experience, something that didn’t show up in the beer. For this being a collaboration beer and one that cost $19.99 a bottle, they could have done a better job. Perhaps the strict laws of Reinheinstgebot don’t give you much room to play with in the brewing process, but we’ve all had beers that stick to those same laws and they’ve delighted us with great tasting beer. The positive thing I can say about this beer is that it had a good mouth feel, and if they want to collaborate any further, anything they brew from here on out, has the potential of being much better than what they came up with this time. If a friend has this beer have them pour you a bit so you can try it, it’s better to spend your $20 on your favorite six pack and the change give to charity.

The packaging was great but when it was poured and the flavors were revealed, I ended up buying something worth $18 in packaging. Sorry Infinium but you get my worst rating to date, one cap in the Kalifornia Beer Rating System.

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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Empty Bottles


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Bitches Brew by Dogfish Head

Do you like bitches? Yea I didn’t think so, but I think I found a bitch I like called Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and I spent the evening with it. This beer is brewed by Dogfish Head to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Miles Davis original release of the Bitches Brew album.  This is a beer much talked about and hard to come by in the beer world, none of the locations I frequent had it, but two weeks ago I ran into one; score! Here’s how Dogfish describes their beer… “a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root“; I didn’t know what to expect when it came to flavor from the gesho leaves, it’s something I’ve never heard of, but the beer turned out tasty, keep reading.

Label on bottle just like on original album.

Aromatically like a Russian Imperial Stout, you know the usual dark notes of roasted coffee, malt, a tad of chocolate, and I also got a hint of sweet raisins. The same goes for the flavor; it tastes like a RIS with nutmeg, coffee, the notes of the roasted dark spice family, and the sweetness comes through to finish of honey and raisins. The caramelized notes of the dark flavors coat your tongue in a pleasant way and the sweetness to finish makes it nice and velvety. The gesho root is supposed to act like hops, but the herb bitterness wasn’t there; the dark and sweet notes mask the flavor.

When you are asked by Sony to make a beer that reflects the sound of the album, you better deliver. I’m not a big connoisseur of jazz, but I do now that the Bitches Brew album released by Miles Davis is considered to be a great album; one that fused different sounds. The jazz guys say it was ahead of it’s time and became an instant classic, only time will tell of this beer, but I do know that Dogfish Head succeeded, it was great! The dark notes of concentrated flavors complemented one another and had great balance. I’ll agree with most people that have raved about the beer, it’s a Five Kapper, I can assure you of it. BTW this beer was $17 so it better be great right?! It was worth the inflated price I paid and you probably will too if you find one.

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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Empty Bottles, Five Beer Caps Club


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Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Rogue Ales

Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Brown Ale Style

I don’t remember where I read this, but the article mentioned that the beers by Rogue would probably never make it to the Chinese market and it’s all because of the name. If I were a part of their marketing team I’d be all over that and put out some propaganda posters about the beer; it would be a good way to make fun of the whole thing, but you would continue to spread the word on these good beers; don’t you agree? I’ve had a number of Rogues ales and stouts now and I must admit that they brew good stuff. Not all of their beers have become favorites, but none of the beers on their lineup are sub par; I know eventually whatever I try from them it will at least merit Three Beer Kaps. They brew some standards and also brew one that has chipotle in it and I thought that was off the wall; I’ve had it and thought it was a crazy idea to add smoked jalapeno flavor to a beer, but it works.  Another thing I like from Rogue is their bottles, they are silk screened, fancy, and if you are into collecting bottles it wont eventually fade so you can always be proud to display them.

When I decided to pour this beer I had a cold and it made it difficult to sniff out some of the ingredients.  I was able to get a bit of coffee and roasted malt, but not much more.  The initial flavor was of citrus, I don’t think it has any but my cold was interfering, it was the only flavor it was able to focus on.  It had a bit of a metallic taste as well; it was the first time tasting that in a beer, but again, could have been my cold.  Lightly bitter, refreshing and cleansed nicely.  When I first had this beer years back, I expected it to taste like the creamer you put in your coffee, but of course I was wrong.  When the beer warmed I tasted the ingredients from the aroma, the coffee was there and the nutty flavor from the hazelnut.

Three Beer Kaps, nothing fantastic, but it is one that is rated high among beer drinkers so judge for yourself.  I’ve had it a few times now and although I don’t think of it as a great beer, it’s still a good one.  I’ll never go to the store to specifically look for this ale, but it’s something I pick up on rare occasions.  Pour yourself one and let me know what you think of it.

Throw one back for me ~ Cheers!

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Posted by on January 7, 2011 in Beer & Food


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2010 in review

Not bad for a blog that’s been up for about seven months. ¡Viva La Cerveza!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 290 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 327mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 11th with 119 views. The most popular post that day was Hopslam & Burgers.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lamb chops, cerveza please, franziskaner hefeweizen, franziskaner hefe-weisse, and yeti imperial stout.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Hopslam & Burgers August 2010


Gumballhead & Pan Seared Lamb Chops September 2010


Me is I is Him June 2010


Homemade & Home-brewed October 2010


Stout Burgers with a Gubna August 2010

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Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

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