Friday, December 21, 2018

December 21st, 2018 - Time's Up! Strawberry Milkshake It!

Good evening rockers and craft brew drinkers!  The Meista here with one more pairing for ya tonight... Living Colour's amazing sophomore album "Time's Up" (one of my all-time favorite albums!) and a very crushable and newly released limited edition Strawberry Milkshake IPA from Roosters Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!  This pairing is dedicated to my good friend Jerry... cheers and happy holidays brother!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Living Colour
  • Title: "Time's Up"
  • Recorded: 1989 through 1990 at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California and RPM Studios in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: August 28th, 1990 (2nd studio album by Living Colour)
  • Record company: Epic Records
  • Production: Ed Stasium 
  • Album cover artLex Van Pieterson
  • Personnel: Will Calhoun (drums), Corey Glover (vocals), "Burnin'" Vernon Reid (guitars), and Muzz Skillings (bass)
  • Additional musicians: Akbar Ali (strings), Charles Burnham (strings), Don Byron (clarinet and baritone saxophone), Annette Daniels (backing vocals), D.K. Dyson (backing vocals), Eileen Folson (strings), Alan Friedman (programming), Doug E. Fresh ( percussion and backing vocals), Mick Jagger (backing vocals), Toshinobu Kubota (backing vocals), Little Richard (guest vocals), Yubie Navas (backing vocals), Maceo Parker (saxophone), Queen Latifah (guest vocals), Alva Rogers (backing vocals), Rosa Russ (backing vocals), Francine Stasium (backing vocals), Reggie Workman (strings), and Derin Young (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock with elements of heavy metal, thrash metal, punk, funk, R&B, jazz, hip hop
  • Sound: Complex, challenging, and multifaceted, "Time's Up" is one of those albums that grabs you from the opening notes and won't let go!  It is powerful, soulful, rocking, and pure electricity!  Reid's guitar work is mind-blowing!  Glover's vocals brilliantly combine soul, metal, and punk emotional honesty!  And Calhoun and Skillings are a rhythmic force to be reckoned with!  
  • Major themes: Anger, history, racism, pride, love, regret, abuse, exploitation, life, death, perseverance, honesty, hope, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Time's Up"
  2. "History Lesson"
  3. "Pride"
  4. "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"
  5. "New Jack Theme"
  6. "Someone Like You"
  7. "Elvis Is Dead"
  8. "Type"
  9. "Information Overload"
  10. "Under Cover Of Darkness"
  11. "Ology"
  12. "Fight The Fight"
  13. "Tag Team Partners"
  14. "Solace Of You"
  15. "This Is The Life"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roosters Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Strawberry Milkshake IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 4.0% 
  • Pour: The Strawberry Milkshake IPA pours a very cloudy golden-amber with a 1-finger, bright white foamy head with good sustain and intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, and sweet.  There are aromas of fresh strawberry, rock candy, sweet cream, grapefruit, orange, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Strawberry Milkshake IPA is characterized by fruity, citrusy, tart, and bitter flavors.  There are notes of tart and juicy strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, cracked wheat, light cream, and a hint of toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, yet creamy and smooth with a very dry, slightly bitter finish. 

Overall pairing:  The Roosters Strawberry Milkshake IPA is a very crushable, crisp, and refreshing brew... great for the funky hard rockin' onslaught that is Living Colour!!  Those crisp, fruity, complex, hoppy notes pair so very well with the soulful, yet hard hitting punch of the truly brilliant "Time's Up"!


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