Friday, May 8, 2015

May 8th, 2015 - Thunder And Lightning At The High Lakes

All right friends... Friday... time to rock!!  The Meista here pairing "Thunder And Lightning" by legendary Irish rockers Thin Lizzy with a very High Lakes Session IPA from Sockeye Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Thin Lizzy
  • Title: "Thunder And Lightning"
  • Recorded: Lombard Studios, Dublin, Ireland and Power Plant and Boathouse Studios, London, England
  • Release date: March 4th, 1983 (12th and final studio album by Thin Lizzy)
  • Record company: Warner Bros.
  • Production: the legendary Chris Tsangarides
  • Personnel: Brian Downey (drums and percussion), Scott Gorham (lead and rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Phil Lynott (lead vocals and bass), John Sykes (lead and rhythm guitar and backing vocals), and Darren Wharton (keyboards and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Probably the heaviest Thin Lizzy album, "Thunder And Lightning" leans towards metal more than any other album by the band.  The dual guitar work of Gorham and Sykes is really just amazing! 
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, love, loss, war, spousal abuse, gambling, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Thunder And Lightning"
  2. "This Is The One"
  3. "The Sun Goes Down"
  4. "The Holy War"
  5. "Cold Sweat"
  6. "Some Day She's Gonna Hit Back"
  7. "Baby Please Don't Go"
  8. "Bad Habits"
  9. "Heart Attack"    

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Sockeye Brewing Company (Boise, Idaho)
  • Website:
  • Brew: High Lakes Session IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4%
  • IBUs: 80
  • Pour: Clear golden-amber with a big, 1-2 finger off-white head that leaves lots of intricate lacing.
  • Nose:  The nose of the High Lakes Session IPA is characterized by lots of citrus and pine with softer malt aroma.  There are aromas of bitter grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine along with pine resin and soft caramel.
  • Taste:  Nice and hoppy, the High Lakes Session IPA's taste is characterized by flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, summer grass, pine, toasted malt, and light caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and slightly bitter.
Overall pairing: The sessionable drinkability of the High Lakes Session IPA is great for the high-energy, high-octane rock and roll of Thin Lizzy's "Thunder And Lightning"!  It has just enough hoppy bitter umph to keep up with the heaviness of Lynott and the boys, but goes down smooth and easy... perfect for "The Sun Goes Down"!

Cheers and hails to the late, great Phil Lynott!!

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