Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 29th, 2013 - A Hoppie And Purpendicular Hula

Good afternoon!  The Meista here pairing a Hula Hoppie Session IPA Ale from Palisade Brewing Company and Deep Purple's "Purpendicular"!  This one goes out to my buddy Todd who sent me this tasty brew!  Cheers man!!

The Hula Hoppie Session IPA Ale from Palisade Brewing pours a clear, deep orange/copper with a very thin head that dissipates quickly.  The nose is both hoppy and malty.  There are notes of bitter notes of pine and grapefruit and sweet notes of apricot and toffee. Crisp and refreshing, the mouthfeel is .  The flavor is at once hoppy, but with a good malt balance.  There are notes of pine resin, herbal tea, lemon grass, and subtle caramel.  The finish is dry and crisp with a nice, lingering bitter bite.  Being a session ale, the Hula Hoppie is lower in ABV (4.8%), which makes it a great, sessionable beer to kick back and enjoy the rockin' sounds of "Purpendicular"!  Check out Palisade Brewing Company at

Released in 1996, "Purpendicular" is the 15th studio album by hard rock veterans Deep Purple and the first with former Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse.  Along with Morse on guitar, the classic lineup includes Ian Gillan on vocals/harmonica, Roger Glover on bass guitar, the late Jon Lord on organ/keyboards, and the brilliant Ian Paice on drums!  Musically, "Purpendicular" is a bit more experimental for the band than previous albums.  That classic DP sound is still there, but Morse brings a different approach to composition and delivery than that of Ritchie Blackmore, particular the employment of "squelch picking" (as noted on "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" and "Somebody Stole My Guitar") and folk influence (specifically on "The Aviator").  As with any DP album, the musicianship is top-notch and Gillan's voice is as richly wonderful as ever!  "Purpendicular" is a great, solid hard rock album that goes wonderfully with the refreshing bite of a Hula Hoppie Session IPA Ale!

Time to refill my glass!  Cheers mates!!

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