Green Bench Happy Hermit

The name of this beer is after my own heart. I’m quite the introvert, not quite hermit-like, but still, I like the name.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Silas Dent lived a simple and happy life on Cabbage Key in a hut made of palm fronds, surrounded by mangroves and wildlife with no running water and no electricity. In 1948 Dent was featured in LIFE magazine, who named him ‘The Happy Hermit of Cabbage Key.’ It was said that Dent could forecast the weather, calculate the temperature, and commune with Poseidon himself. Before his death at the age of 76 in 1952, Dent claimed that “civilization is too dangerous.” Our Happy Hermit Pale Ale is a sessionable, hop forward approach to the style that is a perfect match for a breezy St. Petersburg afternoon, and like Silas, is one of a kind.”

Random: Val bought me a mug for introverts. It’s my favorite coffee mug.

The beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of mango jelly and orange zest. The taste had a lot of citrus as well. There was a lot of mango jelly, much like the nose. It had orange segments as well. There was a touch of pine as well that was quickly followed up by malt. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with mango. I picked this can up for $3.99, which came to $.33 per ounce. I thought this was a nice beer, but could have used a little more depth.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Green Bench Les Grisettes

We have a backlog of shows on the DVR since I was away. I’ve gotten back into watching “American Crime,” which I really enjoy. I hope they get renewed. Tonight’s beer is from Florida and I haven’t had any beers from them. Table beer is also a really big thing now, so let’s crack it open.


ABV: 3%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We brought back the first beer of our 100% Brettanomyces line, Les Grisettes. At under 4%, Les Grisette is a traditional style farmhouse ale brewed with Spelt, Buckwheat, Rye, and Oats, fermented on our house mixed culture of wild yeast. Grisettes were originally brewed for coal miners in the Hainaut region of Wallonia, Belgium. The name refers to the ‘gray’ garments the women wore that delivered the beer to the miners. They were known as, ‘Les Grisettes.'”

Random: I’m craving sushi tonight.

When I popped this beer open, it gushed all over the counter. Luckily, I was by the sink, but I still managed to lose at least a third of the bottle. Once I got the beer into the glass, it had a thin, four finger head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a crown, which was left on top of the cloudy, lemon juice colored body. Because of the cloudiness, there was no carbonation visible. The nose had lemon zest with light tartness. It had yeast as well, but not the horse blanket note from Brett. The taste started with same light acidity and lemon. There was also a lot of bread. It also had a dry characteristic that reminded me of white wine. The body of the beer was thin with high carbonation. The finish was swift with lemon acidity. The bottle was $8.99, which came to $.53 per ounce. I thought this beer was okay, but didn’t have as much depth as I expected.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0