Saturday, April 4, 2015

April 4th, 2015 - Total Domination In Rock!

Good evening!  Against my better judgement, the Meister here with one last pairing for you tonight: one of my all-time favorite albums, "In Rock" (25th Anniversary Edition) by Deep Purple and a Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company!  Hell yes!!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Deep Purple
  • Title: "In Rock"
  • Recorded: October 14th, 1969 through April 13th, 1970 at  IBC, De Lane Lea and Abbey Road Studios, London, England
  • Release date: June 3rd, 1970 (4th studio album by Deep Purple) (25th Anniversary Edition released in 1995)
  • Record company: Harvest (UK) and Warner Bros. (US)
  • Personnel: Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards and organ), and Ian Paice (drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Hard rock/heavy metal
  • Sound: Mind-blowing, face-melting, paint-blistering, orgasmic rock and roll perfection!!  This is the heaviest of the heavy... the blueprint of all hard rock and heavy metal!!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, love, loss, sex, freedom, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Speed King"
  2. "Bloodsucker"
  3. "Child In Time"
  4. "Flight Of The Rat"
  5. "Into The Fire"
  6. "Living Wreck"
  7. "Hard Lovin' Man"
  8. "Black Night" (Original Single Version)
  9. "Studio Chat"
  10. "Speed King" (Piano Version)
  11. "Studio Chat"
  12. "Cry Free" (Roger Glover Mix)
  13. "Studio Chat"
  14. "Jam Stew (Unreleased Instrumental)
  15. "Studio Chat"
  16. "Flight Of The Rat" (Roger Glover Mix)
  17. "Studio Chat"
  18. "Speed King" (Roger Glover Mix)
  19. "Studio Chat"
  20. "Black Night" (Unedited Roger Glover Mix)
    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
  • Website:
  • Brew: Total Domination IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Ingredients: 2-Row Pale, Carahell, and Munich malts, and Amarillo and Summit hops
  • Pour: The color of an Arnold Palmer iced tea, the Total Domination IPA displays a 1-finger white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: A big citrusy and floral hop aroma with a nice balance of sweeter malt, there are notes of juicy pink grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, black tea, pine resin, and caramel/toffee. 
  • Taste: Lots of grassy, herbal, and citrusy/tropical fruit flavor, the Total Domination IPA is characterized by notes of pine, black tea, tangerine, grapefruit, orange juice, lemon, mango, melon, pineapple, and a well-balanced and sweet malt backbone. 
  • Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing, the Total Domination IPA's mouthfeel is clean, slightly oily, but with a dry finish.
Overall pairing: Not many beers can back up the hard rockin' intensity of Deep Purple's "In Rock", but the Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi holds its own!  The bright, crisp, and intensely hoppy flavor works perfectly with the brilliance and musical prowess of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, and Paice!  A great brew... a timeless album!!


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