Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 3rd, 2018 - Angels Don't Cry! I've Brought A Hop Hyzer!

Boa tarde!  The Meista here today pairing a Hop Hyzer Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company and Angra's wonderful debut full-length album "Angels Cry", which is 25 years old today!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Angra
  • Title: "Angels Cry"
  • Recorded: July through September 1993 at Hansen Studios and Horus Sound Studio in Hamburg, Germany
  • Release date: November 3rd, 1993 (1st album by Angra)
  • Record company: Eldorado / Victor / Polydor
  • Production: Charlie Bauerfeind and Sascha Paeth
  • Album cover art: J.A. Torquato
  • Personnel: Rafael Bittencourt (rhythm and lead guitars and backing vocals), Kiko Loureiro (lead and rhythm guitars), Luís Mariutti (bass guitar), and André Matos (lead and backing vocals, keyboards, and piano)
  • Additional musicians: Kai Hansen (lead guitar on "Never Understand"), Alex Holzwarth (drums and percussion), Thomas Nack (drums on "Wuthering Heights"), Sascha Paeth (acoustic and lead guitar on "Never Understand"), and Dirk Schlächter (lead guitar on "Never Understand")
  • Musical style: Power metal, progressive metal
  • Sound: Characterized by soaring and fiery dual guitars by Bittencourt and Loureiro, Mariutti's primal and tribal bass work, and Matos' incredible vocal acrobatics, Angra's "Angels Cry" is a true progressive power metal classic!  
  • Major themes: Life, love, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Unfinished Allegro"
  2. "Carry On"
  3. "Time"
  4. "Angels Cry"
  5. "Stand Away"
  6. "Never Understand"
  7. "Wuthering Heights"
  8. "Streets Of Tomorrow"
  9. "Evil Warning"
  10. "Lasting Child"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hop Hyzer Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: Pale 2-Row, Wheat, Oats, and Chinook, Columbus, Citra, and Ekuanot hops
  • Pour: The Hop Hyzer Ale pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a huge, creamy white head with great retention and lots of intricate lacing from start to finish.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, bready, and grassy.  There are aromas of orange, tangerine, mango, light pine, pineapple, honey, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hop Hyzer Ale follows the nose with lots of juicy, citrusy, and earthy.  There are notes of orange, lime, lemon, mango, pineapple, crackery biscuit, and light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and slightly peppery with a very clean, dry finish.
Overall pairing: The crisp, citrusy, and very drinkable characteristics of the Hop Hyzer Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company make it the perfect brew for rocking out to the progressive power metal stylings of Angra and their wonderful debut album!
Saude and hails my friends... rock on!!

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