Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22nd, 2017 - Backless With A California Amber

Good afternoon and happy Sunday!  The Meista here today on a relaxing Sunday with a pairing of Eric Clapton's "Backless" and a California Amber from Ballast Point Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Eric Clapton
  • Title: "Backless"
  • Recorded: 1978
  • Release date: November 1978
  • Record company: Polydor
  • Production: Glyn Johns
  • Album cover art: Rob Fraboni and Andy Seymour
  • Personnel: Eric Clapton (guitars and vocals) with Benny Gallagher (backing vocals on "Golden Ring"), Marcy Levy (vocals), Graham Lyle (backing vocals on "Golden Ring"), Jamie Oldaker (drums, percussion, and vocals), Carl Radle (bass guitar and vocals), Dick Sims (keyboards), and George Terry (guitar)
  • Musical style: Rock, pop, blues rock, country rock
  • Sound: No-nonsense, straight-ahead rock and roll with Clapton's signature guitar tone and honest vocals
  • Major themes: Loss, love, lust, relationships, honesty, life, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Walk Out In The Rain"
  2. "Watch Out For Lucy"
  3. "I'll Make Love To You Anytime"
  4. "Roll It"
  5. "Tell Me That You Love Me"
  6. "If I Don't Be There By Morning"
  7. "Early In The Morning"
  8. "Promises"
  9. "Golden Ring"
  10. "Tulsa Time"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: California Amber
  • Style: American Amber Ale / Red Ale / Extra Special Bitter
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBUs: 51
  • Pour: The California Amber pours a slightly hazy copper brown with an off-white / light tan, thin head that dissipates to a thin ring with minimal lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very malty, sweet, earthy, and hoppy.  There are aromas of caramel, fresh bread, cedar, pine resin, and soil.
  • Taste: The taste of the California Amber is hoppy, woody, malty, and somewhat bitter.  There are notes of cedar, pine, light citrus, black tea, and caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a dry, clean finish.
Overall pairing: The straight-forward drinkability, yet tastiness of Ballast Point's California Amber is perfect for the rock and roll sensibility and guitar-driven goodness of Eric Clapton's "Backless"!


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