Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 10th, 2018 - The Tumbleweed Blows Northward

Good evening friends!  The Meista here getting tonight rocking out to a pairing of Northward's debut, self-title album and a Tumbleweed IPA from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Northward
  • Title: "Northward"
  • Recorded: 2018
  • Release date: October 19th, 2018 (1st studio album by Northward)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Northward
  • Album cover art: Hannes van Dahl and Chris Rörland
  • Personnel: Floor Jansen (vocals) and Jørn Viggo Lofstad (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Morty Black (bass), Irene Jansen (co-lead vocals on "Drifting Islands"), Stian Kristoffersen (drums), Jango Nilsen (drums), and Ronny Tegner (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Upbeat, totally engaging, and fun as hell, Northward's sound is straight forward, fist pumping, rockin' joy!  Jansen's powerful and beautiful vocals are mesmerizing, inspiring, and explosive, and Lofstad's guitars are powerful, edgy, fiery, and soaring!
  • Major themes: Love, revenge, pain, lust, rebellion, relationships, life, second chances, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "While Love Died"
  2. "Get What You Give"
  3. "Storm In A Glass"
  4. "Drifting Islands"
  5. "Paragon"
  6. "Let Me Out"
  7. "Big Boy"
  8. "Timebomb"
  9. "Bridle Passion"
  10. "I Need"
  11. "Northwards"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Lewis & Clark Brewing Company (Helena, Montana)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Tumbleweed IPA
  • Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • IBUs: 68
  • Ingredients: Cascade and Centennial hops
  • Pour: The Tumbleweed IPA pours a slightly hazy deep copper-amber with a half finger, off-white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, fruity, and hoppy.  There are aromas of sweet berries, herbal tea, orange zest, grapefruit, and a hint of pine resin.
  • Taste: The taste of the Tumbleweed IPA is hoppy, bitter, and malty.  There are notes of malted barley, black tea, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, bitter herbs, sweet biscuit, and caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Tumbleweed IPA is crisp, bitter, yet smooth with a dry, bittersweet finish.
Overall pairing: The Tumbleweed IPA from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company is a punchy, yet very drinkable brew... great for the wonderfully entertaining and fiery rock and roll stylings of Northward!  The hoppy elements work great with Jansen's amazing vocals while the malty backbone is great for thunderous musical prowess of the band!
Proost... Gezondheid!!

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