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!
- 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.
- "Rock Brigade"
- "Hello America"
- "Sorrow Is A Woman"
- "It Could Be You"
- "When the Walls Came Tumblin' Down"
- "Rocks Off"
- "It Don't Matter"
- "Answer To The Master"
- Brewery: Modern Times Beer (San Diego, California)
- Website: http://moderntimesbeer.com/tasting-room/point-loma
- 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.