Sunday, May 19, 2013

Turning The Corner, notes from the Rogue

Clean thighs.  5/16


   Seems we're finally getting the warmer nights needed to increase Right Coast water temps.  Winds calmed to bring clean although small conditions mid week.  Days are balmier.  Just need to bring on the sun.  Humidity?  Really startin' to feel it.  Attracts thunder storms like mayflies to a warm offshore... which I experienced this night as the winds shifted from southwest to west.  Chance of thunderstorms?  Almost every night this week.  Surfed Castles.  Low tide.  Was clean and clear...teal green walls peeling mostly to the right.  Atlantic readin' 57F...comfortable enough to strip the gloves. Stripping more rubber won't be far behind.  Serene evening on the water.  Finally turned a corner.
Castle in the sand.

Faceplant- must be my alma mater.

   There is a beer in mind that brings hop serenity whenever I have one.  If I cannot find what I'm looking for, I tend to go for one of these.  Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA.  One of the few IPAs with nationwide distribution that I consider top of the line.  Sierra Nevada lives up to a rep that never disappoints.  Brewed with whole hops using a dry-hopping "Torpedo" to maintain the citrusy aroma without too much bitterness.  Pours an amber-gold with a 2 plus finger head, light haziness and distinct lacing.  ABV of 7.2% but not overpowering. The aromas of pine and citrus enhance the light tropical fruit in the taste.  65 IBUs give it a sharp hop sting yet refreshes.  I rated the Torpedo an A.
"Excessive intake of alcohol, as we 
know, kills brain cells.  But naturally, it 
attacks the slowest and weakest brain 
cells first.  In this way, regular con-
sumption of beer eliminates the weaker 
brain cells, making the brain a faster 
and more efficient machine.  That's why
you feel smarter after a few beers."
                                          -Cliff Clavin


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