Saturday, August 26, 2017

August 26th, 2017 - Jai Alai Octane Cult!

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight rocking out The Cult's greatest hits album "High Octane Cult" and a Jai Alai India Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Cult
  • Title: "High Octane Cult"
  • Recorded: 1984 through 1995
  • Release date: November 5th, 1996 (3rd compilation album by The Cult)
  • Record company: Beggars Banquet
  • Production: Various
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Ian Astbury (lead and backing vocals, and percussion) and Billy Duffy (lead and rhythm guitar) with Craig Adams (bass (1993-1995)), Mark Brzezicki (drums (1985)), Mickey Curry (drums (1989, 1991)), Charley Drayton (bass (1991)), Scott Garrett (drums (1992–1995)), Todd Hoffman (bass (1990-1991)), Kid Chaos (bass (1987)), James Kottak (drums (1990–1991)), Michael Lee (drums (1991–1992)), Nigel Preston (drums (1983–1985)), John Sinclair (keyboards (1991-1993)), Eric Singer (drums (1988)), Matt Sorum (drums (1989–1990)), Jamie Stewart (bass (1983-1990), rhythm and lead guitar (1987)), Les Warner (drums (1985-1988)), John Webster (keyboards (1989)), and Kinley Wolfe (bass (1991-1993))
  • Musical style: Hard rock, alternative rock, with elements of blues rock and heavy metal
  • Sound: Wow, how does one describe the sound of the Cult from the early years into their heyday of popularity in the late 1980 and early 1990s and into their more alternative sound of the mid-90s?  It is power!  It is rock!  It is metal!  It is gothic!  It is original, powerful, beautiful and purely "high octane" rock and roll!!
  • Major themes: Life and death, love, isolation, spirituality, sexuality, deception, heartbreak, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "In The Clouds"
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary"
  3. "Fire Woman"
  4. "Lil' Devil"
  5. "Spiritwalker"
  6. "The Witch"
  7. "Revolution"
  8. "Coming Down"
  9. "Love Removal Machine"
  10. "Rain"
  11. "Edie (Ciao Baby)"
  12. "Heart Of Soul"
  13. "Star"
  14. "Wild Flower"
  15. "Resurrection Joe"
  16. "Wild Hearted Son"
  17. "Sweet Soul Sister"
  18. "Beauty's On The Street"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Jai Alai India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)  
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5% 
  • IBUs: 70
  • Pour: The Jai Alai India Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy, bright orange-copper hue with a frothy, ivory, 1+ finger head with great retention and lots of chucky and soapy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is a blast of citrus and tropical fruit aromas along with caramel, grassy hops, and a solid malty backbone.  There are aromas of tangerine, orange peel, pink grapefruit rind, mango, pineapple, soft caramel, a hint of bitter herbs, and fresh bread. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Jai Alai India Pale Ale follows the nose with chunky caramel notes, a blast of citrus (pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lime), a blast of tropical fruit (mango, guava, pineapple), light herbs, and sweet toasted malts.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: Those punchy, citrusy, and tropical fruit flavors of Cigar City's delightful Jai Alai India Pale Ale are perfect for the "high octane" punch of The Cult's "High Octane Cult!  This bold, but easy drinking brew has the same depth and tasty fun as each Cult track!


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