Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So Fresh & So Green, Green

Today I'm drinking So Fresh & So Green, Green, a fresh hop beer brewed by Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia. First let me comment on the beautiful illustration on the label. It depicts some old time overall dudes in a field harvesting hops and putting them on the back of a tractor. Deep rich colors. I think the name Pinkerton in the corner is the artist.

Speaking of label art, I just ran across a site I really like called The Pour Curator which is dedicated to beer and art. Check it out!

Back to this beer. The short story on the site suggests that this beer will "encourage you to drink fresh, drink local and drink now". The 22 ounce bottle has gold foil over the cap. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is mainly fruit, apricots and peaches but some fresh cut trees are behind that. Sweet, fruity flavors kick things off, again mainly peaches. Not tropical like others in the category, just a sweet delicious ripe fruit flavor. There are, however, definitely enough hops to balance this beer and give it a small spicy nip. Light pine and a little orange citrus add to the really nice flavors in this beer. A dry finish, courtesy of an entirely disguised 6.6% alcohol, rounds this beer out. Simple, very tasty, not overly hoppy, fresh, great. All 22 ounces of this beer disappeared so lightning fast it's scary. Go grab it NOW!

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TJ Lubrano said...


The art on the label is definitely cool! Lots of details!

You know, it's every time a joy to read how you describe the beer and the many flavors. I really get curious to try them out, even though I hardly drink alcohol. To me it sounds like you're describing the flavors of a cooked meal. And I've said it before, I love to cook haha. I loved your recipe too! Left a comment there as well.

Talk to ya later!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Oh, Tahira, you're my favorite! Beer and food are very much intertwined. After all, beer has very simple regular ingredients. The art is great, and you should pay attention the the blog I linked to in the post, very fun beer art work.

I can appreciate not drinking alcohol, but if it's not some internal rule you have, you'll need to stop by when you visit South Florida!

TJ Lubrano said...

Haha. You're too kind! I shall check out the link in a bit.

Yes. very simple regular ingredients, but the taste palette you can create is huge! Just like e.g. Italian food.

No internal rule at all, I just never tried it out or got curious about it. Probably because I just considered beer as beer and nothing else. Remember when I told you about me searching wine stuff for my dad? That I got to know more about the wine and flavors. I guess one won't know about certain subjects until you read more about it ^_^!

I shall definitely drink a beer or two (or more haha) with you when I visit South Florida! It's a promise!

A.J. Smith said...

I will admit that I was disappointed with this beer at first, because it lacked a lot of the strong hop flavors I've had in several other fresh-hop beers. After having it again, though, I began to appreciate the floral and citrus notes more and it's really grown on me.

The plan from the guys at Terrapin is to release a new So Fresh & So Green, Green each year using a different hop variety (this year was exclusively Amarillo), so be on the lookout for a new edition of this beer towards the end of the summer.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey AJ. I agree this was different than other fresh hop beers, like the Sierra Nevada ones that came out recently. But I like both! LOL.

Thanks for the tip on the Terrapin plan. I will definitely be looking.