A couple of big things in the news today. Well, it was a no-brainer that Arlen Specter was going to eventually declare himself a Democrat. He's been voting Democratic and tricking the Pennsylvania party-line voters for years. Gotta pay attention to these guys, if you've learned anything from history. Isn't the approval rating of Congress lower than ever before?
Also, this swine flu. What can I say except with Jack Bauer exposed to and chasing bio weapons and the country stretched thin, can we really handle a (real-life) pandemic? Seriously, keep your heads up, don't panic, and look for people that are sick and avoid them. Hopefully it'll all blow over.
I am drinking a Smuttynose IPA, an India Pale Ale brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As the bottle cap says, "Make Mine a Smutty!" Now I am no wordsmith, but I'm pretty sure that smutty is not something you really want to be, so drinking it? Well this is Smutty+nose, so could be different, so I guess I'll check it out.
There is a faint sweet and hoppy aroma to this beer. The tastes are very strong, however. An extremely strong and weird bitter greets you with lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus cohorts. There is also some pine, tea, hoppy and metallic flavors in there but mostly it's a very rough and very lasting bitter flavor. I am not sure if there is any alcohol in this, I didn't see it on the label, but whatever is there is totally dominated. I love very hoppy beers but this one has much too much bitterness and needs something to balance that out. Also that weird flavor, not sure what it is, but maybe that's the smutty they speak of, and now it's in my mouth.
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