Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 18th, 2015 - An Imperial Clockwork Ale Angel

Good evening!  The Meista here pairing the "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD from Rush and a Pelican Imperial Ale from Pelican Brewing Company!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Rush
  • Title: "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD
  • Recorded: November 25th, 2012 at US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona;  November 28th, 2012 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas; and November 30th, 2012 at AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Release date: November 9th, 2013
  • Record company: Anthem Records/Roadrunner Records
  • Personnel: Geddy Lee (vocals, bass guitars, and keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars and backing vocals), Neil Peart (drums and percussion)
  • Additional musicians: Clockwork Angels String Ensemble
  • Musical style: Progressive rock/metal, hard rock
  • Sound: In a word, brilliant!!  Definitely the signature Rush approach: precision, musicianship, and complex lyric structures with all the energy and power of their live act!
  • Major themes: Along with playing the sci-fi steampunk concept album "Clockwork Angels" in its entirety, major themes from their giant set list include science, reason, integrity, self-reliance, hope, etc.  
  • Notes: Lots of great bonus material is included in the DVD including the "Can't Stop Thinking Big" tour documentary film.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Subdivisions"
  2. "The Big Money"
  3. "Force Ten"
  4. "Grand Designs"
  5. "The Body Electric"
  6. "Territories"
  7. "The Analog Kid"
  8. "Bravado"
  9. "Where's My Thing?/Here It Is! (drum solo)"
  10. "Far Cry"
  11. "Caravan"
  12. "Clockwork Angels"
  13. "The Anarchist"
  14. "Carnies"
  15. "The Wreckers"
  16. "Headlong Flight/Drumbastica (drum solo)"
  17. ""Peke’s Repose (guitar solo)/Halo Effect"
  18. "Seven Cities Of Gold"
  19. "Wish Them Well"
  20. "The Garden"
  21. "Dreamline"
  22. "The Percussor (I) Binary Love Theme (II) Steambanger’s Ball (drum solo)"
  23. "Red Sector A"
  24. "YYZ"
  25. "The Spirit Of Radio"
  26. "Tom Sawyer"
  27. "2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx/Grand Finale"
  28. "Limelight (soundcheck recording)"
  29. "Middletown Dreams"
  30. "The Pass"
  31. "Manhattan Project"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Imperial Pelican Ale
  • Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8% 
  • IBUs: 85
  • Gravity: 17 degrees Plato
  • Ingredients: Caramel and Pale ale malts, Cascade, Centennial, and Magnum hops along with pure ale yeast 
  • Pour: Nice, clear deep orange-amber with a frothy 2-finger head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Imperial Pelican Ale is characterized by big citrus, floral, herbal, and malt aromas.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, orange/tangerine, lemon, pine resin, black tea, sweet caramel/toffee, and bready grains. 
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of this brew is complex, yet very inviting.  There are big citrus/tropical fruit notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, and lemon along with a hearty and sweet malt backbone of caramel/toffee and sweet bread. 
  • Mouthfeel: Moderate and prickly carbonation and medium bodied, the mouthfeel is slightly sticky and oily
Overall pairing: For both the visual and sonic genius of Rush's "Clockwork Angels Tour" DVD, a brew of a very majestic and complex nature is required... I think the wonderful Imperial Pelican Ale from Pelican Brewing Company definitely fits that bill!  The well-balanced citrusy hops and sweeter caramel malts lend themselves well to the music of Rush... especially in a live setting!

Cheers eh!!!

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