Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My favorite part was the exchange when she told me that she needed something. I explained that I'd be happy to voluntarily answer a few questions, but that I didn't really care about her needs. She said she didn't write the survey, real snotty like. I hope her boss was listening in on that part of the recorded conversation! We did that for about 10 minutes; it was quite the little battle. She kept saying "I need to finish the question (and she did)" after I had already given an answer. Personality clash! Survey takers: remember that we can hang up on you at any moment, and I bet that has an effect on your performance grade.
Tonight I'm drinking 2XIPA brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. A lot of X's this week, starting with XXXX IPA, but I never did get an XXX. Too bad! This is a Double IPA brewed with four varieties of hops and 3 types of malts. Nice green color scheme for the label.
Lots of pine, but also some sweeter tropical fruity goodness in the aroma. Very nice and inviting. Bready and malty beginning, though spicy and piney flavors stick their flavors in right away, too. Not very much fruity flavor at all as the aroma suggested would be the case. Sticky and oily. A bit undercarbonated. Toward the end, the alcohol dries things out a bit and provides a subtle warmth. The finish is bitter and somewhat harsh. Pretty decent, though it got stuck a little in a spicy pine tree. Solid!
Now this was a 12 ouncer, and the best of all that I have had that didn't come in 22's from this brewery. That being said, I prefer Gemini and a few others to this by a mile. I guess this is the best of the little bottles, though!
One other observation, or perhaps it's a question, or a rhetorical something or other. How many IPA's and Imperial IPA's does this brewery make? Wait a second... How many Stouts with one different ingredient do they make? Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla, and another I can't think of right now, at least. I'm not saying that they don't make both styles awesomely. But I am starting to feel like this brewery is not really pushing the envelope, rather seeing how far it can stretch one awesome creation with minor tweeks. And you suckers are falling for it. I'm sure you will all disagree with me for speaking the truth, so let me know how stupid I am!
Spiderwire XXX Super Mono 350-Yard Spool (Crystal Clear, Pound Test 20)
XXX [Blu-ray] ~ Vin Diesel
BLACK GARBAGE (TRASH) BAGS FOR HEAVY INDUSTRIAL USE, 60 GALLON XXX. HEAVY, BLACK 2.1 MIL - 4 MIL STRENGTH, 100/CASE