Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 3rd, 2016 - A Full Moon Tropical IPA Fever At The Beer Camp!

Good evening!  Your drinking buddy the Meista is jamming to Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" with a Beer Camp Tropical IPA (2016 Release) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Tom Petty
  • Title: "Full Moon Fever"
  • Recorded: 1988 through 1989 at M.C. Studios, Rumbo Studios, Sunset Sound, Devonshire Studios, Conway Studios, and Sound City Studios
  • Release date: April 24th, 1989 1st solo album by Tom Petty without the Heartbreakers)009-02-03)
  • Record company: MCA / Universal
  • Production: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and Mike Campbell
  •  Album cover art: Aaron Rapoport
  • Personnel: Tom Petty (lead and backing vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and tambourine) with Mike Campbell (lead guitar, bass, mandolin, slide guitar, dobro, and keyboards), Phil Jones (drums and percussion), and Jeff Lynne (bass, guitar, guitar synthesizer, piano, keyboards, and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Kelsey Campbell (screams on "Zombie Zoo"), Howie Epstein (backing vocals on "I Won't Back Down" and "Love Is A Long Road"), George Harrison (acoustic guitar and backing vocals on "I Won't Back Down"), Jim Keltner (drums, maracas, and tambourine on "Love Is a Long Road"), Roy Orbison (backing vocals on "Zombie Zoo"), Del Shannon (barnyard noises in the "Hello, CD listeners …" interlude), and Benmont Tench (piano on "The Apartment Song")
  • Musical style: Rock, folk rock, heartland rock
  • Sound: With a heavy influence from Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra), this is full-on, straight-forward rock and roll album.  It makes you want to move!
  • Major themes: Relationships, love, loss, rebellion, dreams, hope, life, joy, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Free Fallin'"
  2. "I Won't Back Down"
  3. "Love Is A Long Road"
  4. "A Face In The Crowd"
  5. "Runnin' Down A Dream"
  6. "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" (Byrds cover)
  7. "Yer So Bad"
  8. "Depending On You"
  9. "The Apartment Song"
  10. "Alright For Now"
  11. "A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own"
  12. "Zombie Zoo"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Beer Camp Tropical IPA (2016 Release)
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • IBUs: 55
  • Ending gravity: 3.0 percent Plato
  • Ingredients: Ale yeast, Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops (Amarillo for bittering) and Two-row Pale, Munich, Honey malts
  • Pour: Hazy light copper-amber hue with a thin, but firm white head that displays intricate and sustained lacing. 
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, dank, and slightly malty.  There are aromas of ripe mango, pink grapefruit, melon, orange, lemon zest, mild herbs, hints of pine resin, biscuit, and caramel.
  • Taste: Bright and fruity hops forward, the taste of the Beer Camp Tropical IPA is a big blast of citrus and tropical fruit along with a little pine and biscuity malts.  There are notes of mango, papaya, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange along with soft caramel, pine, spicy herbs, sage, fresh bread.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, very refreshing, and drinkable with a dry and fruity finish.
Overall pairing: The thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing flavor of the Beer Camp Tropical IPA from the fine folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is perfect for the radio-friendly, very listenable, very enjoyable, and highly praised "Full Moon Fever" by the illustrious and highly talented Tom Petty!


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