Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8th, 2017 - Impact Is Imminent From The Tropical Torpedo!

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  In anticipation and celebration of tonight's upcoming Exodus show here in Utah, I'm pairing a Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company with the legendary album "Impact Is Imminent"!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Exodus
  • Title: "Impact Is Imminent"
  • Recorded: December 1989 through January 1990 at Music Grinder and Record Two Mendocino Studios
  • Release date: June 21st, 1990 (4th studio album by Exodus)
  • Record company: Capitol Records
  • Production: The H-Team
  • Album cover art: Tommy Steele (art direction), Jenny Raislen (photography), and Stan Watts (illustration)
  • Personnel: Gary Holt (lead and rhythm guitars), Rick Hunolt (lead and rhythm guitars), Rob McKillop (bass guitar), John Tempesta (drums), and Steve "Zetro" Souza (vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, speed metal
  • Sound: Fast, aggressive and furious, the uncompromising sound on "Impact Is Imminent" is pure thrash and classic Exodus!  Along with Zetro's brutal vocals, Holt's and Hunolt's powerful guitar riffs really drive this album!
  • Major themes: Power, aggression, war, insanity, heavy metal, death, chaos, destruction, deception, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Impact Is Imminent"
  3. "A.W.O.L."
  4. "The Lunatic Parade"
  5. "Within The Walls Of Chaos"
  6. "Objection Overruled"
  7. "Only Death Decides"
  8. "Heads They Win (Tails You Lose)"
  9. "Changing Of The Guard"
  10. "Thrash Under Pressure"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.7% 
  • IBUs: 55
  • Ingredients: Ale yeast, Two-row Pale, Munich, and Honey malts, Amarillo hops for bittering, and finished with Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado, and Comet hops
  • Pour: The Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA pours a slightly hazy, light golden yellow hue with a billowy and frothy 2-finger bright white head with great sustain and lots of intricate spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity (tropical and citrus), grassy, and sweet.  There are aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, lime, mango, papaya, and passionfruit along with light herbs, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is characterized by big tropical fruit and citrus flavors along with light malt.  There are notes of lush and juicy mango, pineapple, papaya, guava, passionfruit, grapefruit, and tangerine with light herbs, a hint of spice, and a sweet malty backbone.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Tropical Torpedo is crisp, yet creamy, slightly sticky, and smooth with light hoppy bitterness, and a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, bright, and very hoppy drinkability of the Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is a great brew for a hot early September day and perfect for the fast paced aggression of Exodus' brutal "Impact Is Imminent"!


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