Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1st, 2015 - On[eida] Through The Night

Good afternoon!  Your pal the Meista here celebrating Joe Elliot's birthday with a pairing of "On Through The Night", the debut album by the NWOBHM band Def Leppard and an Oneida Summer Seasonal Pale Ale from Modern Times Beer!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Def Leppard
  • Title: "On Through The Night"
  • Recorded: December 1979 at Startling Studios, Ascot, Berkshire, England
  • Release date: March 14th, 1980 (debut album by Def Leppard)
  • Record company: Mercury Records
  • Production: (Colonel) Tom Allom
  • Album cover art: Alan Schmidt
  • Personnel: Rick Allen (drums), the late Steve Clark (guitars), Joe Elliot (vocals), Rick Savage (bass), and Pete Willis (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Dave Cousins (spoken voice on "When the Walls Came Tumblin' Down") and Chris M. Hughes (synthesizer on "Hello America")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal/hard rock with elements of glam rock and power pop
  • Sound: Combining working-class English metal/hard rock with early '70s glam rock in the vein of the Sweet and T. Rex, "On Through The Night" is a fast-paced, electrifying rock album.  Somewhat raw and simple at times, Def Leppard's debut album epitomizes the furious middle-class hard rockin' sound of the NWOBHM!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, fame, women, sorrow and loss, power, drinking, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Rock Brigade"
  2. "Hello America"
  3. "Sorrow Is A Woman"
  4. "It Could Be You"
  5. "Satellite"
  6. "When the Walls Came Tumblin' Down"
  7. "Wasted"
  8. "Rocks Off"
  9. "It Don't Matter"
  10. "Answer To The Master"
  11. "Overture"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery:  Modern Times Beer (San Diego, California)
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  • Brew: Oneida Summer Seasonal Pale Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: pint off the tap at Modern Time Flavordome
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBUs: 50
  • Ingredients: California Ale yeast; Carapils, Cascade, Experimental Hop 05256, and Hallertau Blanc hops; and Pale malt
  • Pour: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a huge, billowy bright white head that holds its form well and produces intricate spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a blend of tropical fruit, citrus, and grassy/earthy hops with lighter caramel notes. There are aromas of mango, grapefruit, melon, lemongrass, pine resin, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is initially marked by a big burst of juice grapefruit and mango that leads into more subtle grain flavors in the mid-range with a bitter, oily finish.  There are notes of grapefruit, mango, melon, lemon, light cracker, light caramel, and pine.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Oneida is very crisp and refreshing with a somewhat aggressive hop presence and a dry, somewhat bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The crisp and citrusy easy-drinking character of the Oneida Summer Seasonal Pale Ale from Modern Times Beer is perfect for the hard-rocking fun of Def Leppard's "On Through The Night"!  Those hoppy notes of the Oneida seem to scream, "Watch out for the rock brigade"!


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