Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4th, 2013 - An Electrically Aged Torpedo

Evenin' ladies and gents!  The Meista here starting off the weekend right... listening to a little thrash metal and sucking back some bitter hops!  That equates to a pairing of Overkill's "The Electric Age" with a Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA!! 

Released on March 27th, 2012, "The Electric Age" is Overkill's 16th studio album and their most commercially successful album to date.  Regardless of the release date or number of albums sold, all I know is that this album is a thrash monster... it KILLS!!  Founding members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (lead vocals) and D.D. Verni (bass, backing vocals) along with Dave Linsk (lead guitar, backing vocals), Derek "The Skull" Tailer (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Ron Lipnicki (drums) deliver a thrash metal onslaught from front to back, sideways, and everywhere in-between!  Metallica could re-learn a thing or two from Overkill on how to properly play thrash!  This is powerful, foot-stomping, fist-pumping, head-banging thrashin' perfection!  Songs like "Come And Get It," "Electric Rattlesnake," "Save Yourself," "Drop The Hammer Down," "21st Century Man," "Old Wounds, New Scars," and "All Over But The Shouting" are fast, furious, and oh so much fun to thrash to!  Simply put, "The Electric Age" is bad-assery manifested in electrifying power chords, fiercely aggressive vocals, and powerfully thunderous drumming!

The Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA is a solid, punchy, dry-hopped American IPA that works perfectly with the crunching intensity of Overkill's "The Electric Age"!  Like the intensity of Bobby Blitz and the boys, the Torpedo is assertive and bold!  It pours a very cloudy, clover honey-amber with a thin off-white head.  The nose is a shot of complex hops... pine, citrus, and herbs.  There are Cascade hops aromas, grapefruit notes, and wildflowers.  Aggressive, bitter, and sharp (remind you of any band?), but very well-balanced, the flavor is intense.  It is crisp, dry, and hoppy as hell.  There are notes of black tea, citrus, and pine resin.  The Torpedo is medium-bodied with good carbonation.  The finish is very dry and refreshing with a bitterness on the back of the tongue that lingers.  This is a true craft beer for a true metal album!

Bang your heads... hails... cheers!!

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