Beer: AleSmith X, AleSmith Brewing Company
AleSmith is a microbrewery from San Diego with a great reputation amongst beer aficionados. All of their beers are bottle-conditioned, and none of them come in the standard 12oz bottle.
I first heard about AleSmith because of their highly famed Speedway Stout, which is ranked as one of the best stouts in the country (and a great candidate for aging). I actually found a Speedway at a Market of Choice, and figured this one couldn't be too bad either.
X stands for Extra Pale Ale. My bomber poured very clear and golden with a lot of carbonation. I found it a little thin as far as mouth feel goes, but that was to be expected with an American Pale Ale. However, the taste was as sweet and powerful as that of a dark porter or stout. I closed my eyes and ignored the clarity of my beverage, focusing on all the flavors that were melding. It was quite an interesting experience. I think I need to try this one again just to figure out what exactly was going on.
Today's musical offering will be from an Oregon band that I was introduced to by my sister. Apparently she saw them in 2007 in Salem, but completely forgot about it. They are called Typhoon....and I like them a lot.