Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18th, 2013 - The Silver Brilliance Of A Brainless IPA!

Good evening rockers and hop-heads!  Meista here pairing a Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company and Cheap Trick's 1999 live, double-album, "Silver."   This one goes out to my buddy Jesse Day, who helped me enjoy this brew and this album a couple weeks back.  Cheers man!!

"Silver" is Cheap Trick's 3rd live release and was recorded in Davis Park in Rockford, IL (band's hometown) to commemorate their 25th year.  Spanning their career (up to that point in 1999), Cheap Trick's "Silver" is the ultimate "best of" live album.  Tracks like "Ain't That A Shame," "Voices," "She's Tight," "Gonna Raise Hell," "The Flame," "Dream Police," "Surrender," and of course "I Want You To Want Me" are works of sonic perfection.  The band sounds as good as they did 25 years earlier (if not better) and deliver 2 hours of fan favorites with finesse, charisma, and precision.  A damn fine album indeed!!

And a damn fine album deserves a damn find brew!!  The Brainless IPA pours a very cloudy, straw-gold hue with a thick, frothy and "rocky" head that displays sustained and strong spider web lacing.  Epic brews this tasty concoction with Premium Briess 2-Row, Muntons Caramalt, Briess Flaked Oats and Briess Caramel malt along with Chinook and Centennial hops in the boil, whole leaf Centennial in the hop back, and Citra in the dry hop.  The nose is very hoppy - sweet grassy notes, bitter grapefruit notes and Belgian yeast underneath.  Medium-bodied, the Brainless IPA is dry, crisp, and refreshing.  The flavor is an interesting mix of bitter hops and sweetness from the Belgian yeast, flaked oats, and caramel malt.  There is a subtle undertone of bubble gum, but this is definitely an IPA... a big, flavorful Imperial IPA!


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