Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7th, 2017 - The Alphadelic Physicist

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing Devin Townsend's brilliant 4th album "Physicist" with an Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Devin Townsend
  • Title: "Physicist"
  • Recorded: 2000 at Hipposonic Studios in Vancouver, Canada
  • Release date: June 26th, 2000 (4th solo studio album by Devin Townsend)
  • Record company: HevyDevy Records
  • Production: Devin Townsend
  • Album cover art: Clint Nielsen
  • Personnel: Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars, keyboards, production, engineering, and arrangement) with Gene Hoglan (drums), Jed Simon (guitars), and Byron Stroud (bass guitar)
  • Backing vocals: Teresa Duke, Sharon Parker, Marina Reid, and Chris Valagao
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, thrash metal, industrial metal, experimental metal
  • Sound: Blending complex and soaring melodies with intense brutality, "Physicist" is a powerful, aggressive, and emotional album on par with much of Townsend's amazing work!
  • Major themes: Life, death, reality, knowledge, anger, aggression, passion, love, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Namaste"
  2. "Victim"
  3. "Material"
  4. "Kingdom"
  5. "Death"
  6. "Devoid"
  7. "The Complex"
  8. "Irish Maiden"
  9. "Jupiter"
  10. "Planet Rain"
  11. "Forgotten" (hidden track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Alphadelic IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBUs: 90
  • Ingredients: 2-Row and Munich malts with Northwest and Southern Hemisphere hops
  • Pour: The Alphadelic IPA pours a hazy, golden-amber with a frothy, 1+ finger, off-white head with great retention and lots of intricate, layered, spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, floral, and malty.  There are aromas of orange juice, tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit, melon, bready malt, wild flowers, light honey, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Alphadelic is very hop-forward with bitterness, citrus, grainy malt, dank earth, and spice.  There are notes orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lime, pine, black tea, bitter herbs, pineapple, light caramel, and spicy pepper.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Alphadelic is crisp, sharp, and very hoppy with a dry, bitter, and peppery finish.
Overall pairing: The sharp, very hop-forward punch of Hop Valley's Alphadelic IPA is perfect for a Thursday night metal session with the aggressive grooves and soaring melodies of Devin Townsend's very underrated "Physicist"!  'Nuff said bub!
Cheers and hails!!

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