Monday, March 21, 2022

March 21st, 2022 - Agent 77 Of Fortune


Good evening and happy Monday! The Meista here tonight pairing one of my all-time favorite albums, "Agents Of Fortune" by Blue Öyster Cult and a very crisp and tasty Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 Hazy IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company!!  Hell yeah! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
  • Title: "Agents Of Fortune"
  • Recorded: 1975 through 1976 at The Record Plant in New York City, New York
  • Release date: May 21st, 1976 (4th studio album by the Blue Öyster Cult)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Murray Krugman, Sandy Pearlman, and David Lucas
  • Album cover art: Lynn Curlee
  • Personnel: Eric Bloom ("stun" guitar, lead and backing vocals, and percussion), Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion, harmonica, guitars, and lead and backing vocals), Joe Bouchard (bass, piano, guitar, and backing vocals), Allen Lanier (keyboards, rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (lead guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and lead and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: The Brecker Brothers (horns), David Lucas (additional keyboard, percussion, and backing vocals), and Patti Smith (vocals on "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, proto metal, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Dark, mysterious, and a bit creepy, "Agents Of Fortune" is one of the ultimate 1970s hard rock albums!  It is melodic, heavy, wonderfully written, and perfectly executed!
  • Major themes: With songs about aliens, vampires, a suicide pact, and forbidden love, themes on "Agents Of Fortune" include darkness, evil, lust, desire, death, deception, sex, vengeance, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "This Ain't The Summer Of Love"
  2. "True Confessions"
  3. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
  4. "E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)"
  5. "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini"
  6. "Sinful Love"
  7. "Tattoo Vampire"
  8. "Morning Final"
  9. "Tenderloin"
  10. "Debbie Denise"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company (Colorado)
  • Website: 
  • Brew: Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 Hazy IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA) 
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • IBUs: 48
  • Ingredients: Mosaic, Pahto, Strata, and Nelson Sauvin hops with Oats, Pale, and Pilsner malts
  • Pour: The Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 Hazy IPA pours a very hazy, pale yellow with a frothy, bright white, 2+ finger head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very tropical, floral, herbal, citrusy, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, melon, peach, mango, orange zest, lemon zest, , pineapple, wild flowers, green hop flowers, and a hint of caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 IPA follows the nose with lots of punchy, hop-forward, citrusy and tropical fruit flavors.  There are notes of orange juice, lime, ripe melon, peach, mango, tangerine, crackery biscuit, very light pine, herbal tea, and soft caramel/toffee
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 IPA's mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy with a dry and slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, complex, and hop-forward, yet very drinkable flavors of New Belgian's Voodoo Ranger Agent 77 are perfect for the electrifying melodies, harmonies, and subject matter found on Blue Öyster Cult's wonderful "Agents Of Fortune" album!  The aesthetics of the album cover art and the beer label work great together too!

Cheers... and hails!!

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