Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 7th, 2015 - Dawn's Explosion of Jubelale!

Good afternoon!  The Meista here pairing Captain Beyond's "Dawn Explosion" with a 2015 Jubelale from Deschutes Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Captain Beyond
  • Title: "Dawn Explosion"
  • Recorded: 1976–1977 at the Record Plant, Sausalito, California
  • Release date: 1977
  • Record company: Warner Bros.
  • Personnel: Bobby Caldwell (drums, percussion, and vocals), Willy Daffern (lead vocals), Lee Dorman (bass, string ensemble, and vocals), and Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (guitars)
  • Musical style: Hard rock/progressive rock/psychedelic rock
  • Sound: A bit "poppier" than the previous two albums, "Dawn Explosion" is still a solid rocker.  The album blends straight-ahead hard rock with more progressive arrangements and R&B grooves.  I'm reminded a bit of Jo Jo Gunne and Bad Company.  Rhino's smokin' guitar work paired with the monster rhythm section of Caldwell and Dorman is profoundly rich and mesmerizing!
  • Major themes: Time and space, Greek mythology, states of consciousness, dreams, etc.
  • Tracks:
  1. "Do Or Die"
  2. "Icarus"
  3. "Sweet Dreams"
  4. "Fantasy"
  5. "Breath Of Fire, Part 1 (A Speck Within A Speck)"
  6. "Breath Of Fire, Part 2 (Alone In A Cosmos)"
  7. "If You Please"
  8. "Midnight Memories"
  9. "Space Interlude"
  10. "Oblivion"
  11. "Space Reprise"
  Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Deschutes Brewing Company
  • Website:
  • Brew: Jubelale, A Festive Winter Ale
  • Style: Winter Warmer  (ironic as it is currently 60 degrees Fahrenheit here in Salt Lake!)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Ingredients: Carapils, Crystal, Extra Special, Pale, and Roasted Barley malts along with Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Nugget, Styrian, Tettnang, and Willamette hops
  • Pour: The Jubelale pours a very deep and cloudy garnet hue with a yellowish-tan half-finger head with good retention that leaves chunky lacing behind.
  • Nose: Lots of spice and bready aromas with this one along with some nice herbal and toffee notes. 
  • Taste: Medium bodied, the flavor is rich and earthy like "Captain Beyond's" tone with notes of chicory, light roasted coffee, fruit ester, and chewy malt.  There are notes of caramel/toffee and fresh bread that give way to black tea and spices.  There are also some really nice dark fruit notes throughout.  There is a nice balance of bitterness with malt and subtle sweetness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with low carbonation, the Jubelale is sticky and syrupy, yet very smooth with a rather dry finish.  The generous use of hops gives this ale a refreshing and crisp sharpness with 60 IBUs.
  • Notes: Check out the great history of this tasty brew here:
Overall pairing: I paired the Jubelale with "Dawn Explosion" as a celebration of the music and the lives of Rhino and Lee Dorman, who both left us too soon.  The Jubelale is a really nice winter ale... perfect for kicking back on a cold winter night with the richness and complexity of Captain Beyond!


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