Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 1st, 2020 - The Hidden History Of The Belgian Pale Ale

Hey there hellions, headbangers, and craft brew lovers... Happy New Year!  The Meista here getting aggressive and ringing in 2020 with the wonderful "Hidden History Of The Human Race", the sophomore album by progressive death metal monsters Blood Incantation and a deliciously punchy Belgian Pale Ale, one of the latest brews from Desert Edge Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Blood Incantation
  • Title: "Hidden History Of The Human Race"
  • Recorded: 2019 at World Famous Studios in Denver, Colorado
  • Release date: November 22nd, 2019 (2nd full-length studio release by Blood Incantation)
  • Record company: Dark Descent Records / Century Media Records
  • Production: Pete DeBoer and Blood Incantation
  • Album cover art: Bruce Pennington
  • Personnel: Jeff Barrett (bass), Isaac Faulk (drums), Morris Kolontyrsky (guitars), and Paul Reidl (guitars and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Antti Boman (additional vocals on "Inner Paths (To Outer Space)")
  • Musical style: Death metal, progressive death metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, heavy as hell, and rather progressive, the sound on "Hidden History Of The Human Race" embodies the apocolyptic, soul-crushing, complex brutality that is Blood Incantation, yet with wonderfully progressive and psychedlic passages and concepts. 
  • Major themes: Space, aliens, astral projection, Anunnaki mythology, death, the occult, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Slave Species Of The Gods"
  2. "The Giza Power Plant"
  3. "Inner Paths (To Outer Space)"
  4. "Awakening From The Dream Of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror Of The Soul)"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Belgian Pale Ale
  • Style: Belgian-style American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 64 ounce growler
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 22
  • Ingredients: Pale, Abbey, and CaraMunich malts with Perle hops
  • Pour: The Belgian Pale Ale pours a hazy copper-amber with a frothy, eggshell-white 1-finger head with good sustain and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by a wondeful blend of fruit esters, spices, and citrusy hops. There are aromas of banana, carmalized plantains, light bubblegum, grapefruit rind, very light pineapple, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves, a hint of mango, light pine resin, herbal tea, and sweet toffee.
  • Taste: Hop and yeast-forward, the taste of the Belgian Pale Ale follows the nose with intensely bright citrusy, spicy, fruity, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of banana bread, plantains, tangerine, orange pith, herbal tea, light pine, cloves, nutmeg, white pepper, and sweet toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, spicy, and slightly bitter with a dry finish and lingering yeast and spiciness.

Overall pairing: The hop-forward and Belgian yeast-foward flavors and aromas of the Desert Edge Belgian Pale Ale are perfect for the intensity, aggression, complexity and brutalilty of Blood Incantation's "Hidden History Of The Human Race" album!  Those spicy and fruity Belgian flavors go great with the more progressive elements while the hoppy pale ale flavors are great for the death metal intensity!  For an evening of kickass metal and deliciously, complex, crisp, and punchy flavor, I highly recommend both the brew and the album! 

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