Saturday, October 26, 2013

October 26th, 2013 - Slide Into Hoptimum

Evening!  The Meista here pairing a couple of favorites of mine: Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada and Whitesnake's "Slide It In"!  Hails yeah!!

Let's talk Whitesnake - "Slide It In" (U.S. version - there is a distinct difference between the U.S. and the U.K. version of this album, both in personnel and tracks)
Personnel: David Coverdale on vocals; Mel Galley on slide, rhythm, and lead guitars and backing vocals; John Sykes on rhythm guitars; Neil Murray on bass; Jon Lord on keyboards; Cozy Powell on drums
Release: 1984; 6th studio album
Sound: goddamn brilliant!; straight-ahead hard rockin' goodness; richly textured; aggressive as hell; sexually charged lyrics; sexually charged guitar work, bass work, and drumming; this is rock and roll perfection!!

1."Slide It In"  

2."Slow an' Easy"  

3."Love Ain't No Stranger"  
4."All or Nothing"  
6."Guilty of Love"  

7."Hungry for Love"  

8."Give Me More Time"  
9."Spit It Out"  
10."Standing in the Shadow"  

So what about that brew? 
Name: Hoptimum Whole-Cone Imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
ABV: 10.4% (BIG!)
Color: Shiny new copper penny; cloudy; 1-finger, off-white head with good retention and cascading lacing
Nose: caramel malt overwhelmed by piney resin; grassy and floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; sticky and oily; sharp and crips
Flavor: an aggressive and intense hop bomb!; "dry-hopped AND torpedoed" with hops!; very piney and almost minty with very little citrus notes like other IPAs; you gotta like bitter to enjoy this bad-ass rocking IPA!
Finish: lingering bitterness with just a hint of lemon/grapefruit and very minimal malt

Raise your fists!!  Cheers rockers!!

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