Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 11th, 2015 - Breaking The Trail Of Chains

Good evening rockers!  Your drinkin' buddy the Meista here tonight pairing Dokken's debut album "Breaking The Chains" and a Breaking Trail Pale Ale from Park City Brewery!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Dokken
  • Title: "Breaking The Chains"
  • Recorded: Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany
  • Release date: September 18th, 1983 (debut album by Dokken)
  • Record company: Elektra Records
  • Production: Michael Wagener and Dokken
  • Personnel: Peter Baltes of Accept (bass - uncredited), "Wild" Mick Brown (drums), Juan Croucier (bass and backing vocals - credited but did not actually play on the album), Don Dokken (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), and George Lynch (lead guitar)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock, power pop
  • Sound: That early heavy metal sound of Dokken... you gotta love it!  Lynch tearing it up on guitar, Brown pounding the hell outta those drums, and the soaring, rich vocals of Don Dokken... wonderful!!
  • Major themes: Sex, love, loss, regret, rock and roll, power, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Breaking The Chains"
  2. "In The Middle"
  3. "Felony"
  4. "I Can't See You"
  5. "Live To Rock (Rock To Live)"
  6. "Nightrider"
  7. "Seven Thunders"
  8. "Young Girls"
  9. "Stick To Your Guns"
  10. "Paris Is Burning" (Live)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Park City Brewery (Park City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Breaking Trail Pale Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: Hazy dark copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a slight cap with little lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is light, nutty, grainy/bready, and somewhat fruity/vegetal.  There are aromas of barley, wheat bread, subtle lemon zest, and maybe apple?
  • Taste: Characterized by a toasty, biscuity, earthy, and light citrusy hop flavor, the Breaking Trail tastes almost more like a brown ale.  It has notes of hearty toasted bread, hazelnut, biscuit, sweet caramel, and only subtle hints of citrus that characterize APAs.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, the easy drinking mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and refreshing.
Overall pairing: The hearty, grainy flavor of the Park City Brewery Breaking Trail Pale Ale is great for the meaty and intricate guitar work of Lynch and driving and thunderous drums of Brown, while the sessionable drinkability and refreshing character works well with Don's vocals.


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