Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 27th, 2016 - Crimes Of A Passion Fruit Kicker

Good evening and happy Easter!  The Meista is here tonight pairing Passion Fruit Kicker from Green Flash Brewing Company and Pat Benatar's "Crimes Of Passion"!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Pat Benatar
  • Title: "Crimes Of Passion"
  • Recorded: 1980 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: August 5th, 1980 (2nd studio album by Pat Benatar) (2009-02-03)
  • Record company: Chrysalis Records
  • Production: Keith Olsen
  • Album cover art: Ria Lewerke-Shapiro (art direction and cover design) and Leon LeCash (photography)
  • Personnel: Pat Benatar (lead and backing vocals) with Roger Capps (bass and backing vocals), Neil Giraldo (lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals), Myron Grombacher (drums), Scott St. Clair Sheets (rhythm guitars)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, rock, power pop
  • Sound: With her mezzo-soprano vocal style and a tight, well-versed backing band, Benatar's sound on "Crimes Of Passion" is pure 1980s early rock genius!  It is poppy, upbeat, and radio-friendly, yet still is honest, rockin', and has a lot of balls! 
  • Major themes: Love, passion, relationships, heartbreak, child abuse, pain, redemption, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Treat Me Right"
  2. "You Better Run"
  3. "Never Wanna Leave You"
  4. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
  5. "Hell Is For Children"
  6. "Little Paradise"
  7. "I'm Gonna Follow You"
  8. "Wuthering Heights"
  9. "Prisoner Of Love"
  10. "Out-A-Touch"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Website:   
  • Brew: Passion Fruit Kicker
  • Style: American Pale Wheat Ale with passion fruit 
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBUs: 5
  • Ingredients: Passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley
  • Pour: Hazy, bright golden-yellow with lots of tiny bubbles and a very thin, bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves nearly no lacing.
  • Nose: Characterized by fruity Belgian yeast esters and lots of tropical fruit and wheat, the nose is filled with aromas of passion fruit, lemon juice, lemon zest, pink bubblegum, and crackery biscuit.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Passion Fruit Kicker is very fruity, rather tart, and sweet.  There are big notes of sweet and tart passion fruit, lemon, grapefruit, mango, pink bubblegum, and freshly baked wheat bread.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Passion Fruit Kicker is very crisp, tart, sweet, and refreshing with a clean slightly dry finish.
Overall pairing: The sweet and tart fruity flavors of Green Flash's Passion Fruit Kicker is the perfect beer for a leisurely Easter Sunday with the rockin' good time sound of Pat Benatar's wonderful Crimes Of Passion"... 'nuff said!!


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