Saturday, June 4, 2016

May 4th, 2016 - So Far, So G'Knight... So What!

Hey there hop-heads and rivet-heads!  The Meista here gettin' crazy and aggressive with a G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Brewing Company and Megadeth's brilliant "So Far, So Good... So What!"  Hells yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist:  Megadeth
  • Title: "So Far, So Good... So What!"
  • Recorded: 1987 at Music Grinder Studios in Los Angeles, California
    Release date: January 19th, 1988 (3rd studio album by Megadeth)
  • Record company: Capitol Records
  • Production: Tim Carr, Paul Lani, and Dave Mustaine
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Chuck Behler (drums and percussion), David Ellefson (bass guitar and backing vocals), Dave Mustaine (lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and acoustic guitar), and Jeff Young (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and acoustic guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Steve Jones (guitar solo on "Anarchy in the U.K.")
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, speed metal
  • Sound: Fast, furious, raw, aggressive... pure Megadeth adrenaline! 
  • Major themes: Nuclear war, censorship, disillusion in American society, nihilism, anger, aggression, loneliness and isolation, reality, etc.
  • Notes: "Set the World Afire" is the first song Mustaine wrote after being fired from Metallica.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Into The Lungs Of Hell"
  2. "Set The World Afire"
  3. "Anarchy In The U.K." (Sex Pistols cover)
  4. "Mary Jane"
  5. "502"
  6. "In My Darkest Hour"
  7. "Liar"
  8. "Hook In Mouth"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewing Company (Lyons, Colorado)
  • Website:  
  • Brew: G'Knight Imperial Red Ale
  • Style: American Double / Imperial Red India Pale Ale (IRIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.7%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Pour: It pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a massive and very frothy light tan head with good sustain and intricate and sustained spider web lacing.
  • Nose: Characterized by big malt and hop aromas, the nose of the G'Knight is a blend of sweet, earthy, and dankness.  There are aromas of caramel, pine resin, dark fruit (light raisin and dates), herbs, soil, and something slightly metallic. 
  • Taste: The taste of the G'Knight is big in malt flavor with a hoppy punch.  There are notes of caramel malt, burnt toffee, pine, grapefruit rind, black tea, herbs, and spices... and a hint of booze.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the G'Knight Imperial Red Ale is a well-balanced yet somewhat punchy undertaking.  It is smooth, but with a piney and slightly boozy bite and a very dry and bitter finish.
  • Notes: The G'Night Imperial Red Ale is a tribute to a Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside Lyons. 
Overall pairing: The initial bitterness (that black tea bite) of the G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Brewing Company is absolutely perfect for the raw aggression of Megadeth's wonderful pure thrash "So Far, So Good... So What!"! 

Cheers and hails!!  Horns and glasses up!!

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