Thursday, March 16, 2023

March 16th, 2023 - A Slip Of The Tongue... Kitty's Got Claws!


Hey there rockers, rollers, and hopheads!  The Meista here today pairing a tasty Kitty Has Claws NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale from the fine folks at Revision Brewing Company and Whitesnake's "Slip Of The Tongue"!  Hails yeah!!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Whitesnake
  • Title: "Slip Of The Tongue"
  • Recorded: 1988 through 1989 at the Record Plant in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: November 7th, 1989 (8th studio album by Whitesnake)
  • Record company: Geffen Records
  • Production: Mike Clink and Keith Olsen
  • Album cover art: Manfred Brey
  • Personnel: Tommy Aldridge (drums), David Coverdale (vocals), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Steve Vai (guitars), and Adrian Vandenberg (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Don Airey (keyboards), Tommy Funderburk (backing vocals), Claude Gaudette (keyboards), Glenn Hughes (backing vocals), Richard Page (backing vocals), and David Rosenthal (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, heavy blues rock
  • Sound: This is straight-ahead hard rockin' goodness!  Richly textured, aggressive as hell with sexually charged guitar work, bass work, and drumming... this is late '80s Whitesnake rock and roll goodness!  Of the album's sound, Coverdale has stated: "For a long time, I felt the album lacked a certain Whitesnake feel in the music, but countless people through' the years have assured me that they enjoyed and enjoy the album, nonetheless. So, now I happily accept it as a significant part of the Whitesnake catalogue and to be honest, I enjoy it more now than I did back then. It was an album plagued with challenges and obstacles for me, personally, from many avenues, but hey...nobody said being successful is supposed to be easy!"
  • Major themes: Sexuality, desire, lust, love, loss, life, relationships, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Slip Of The Tongue"
  2. "Cheap An' Nasty"
  3. "Fool For Your Loving '89"
  4. "Now You're Gone"
  5. "Kittens Got Claws"
  6. "Wings Of The Storm"
  7. "The Deeper The Love"
  8. "Judgement Day"
  9. "Slow Poke Music"
  10. "Sailing Ships"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Revision Brewing Company (Sparks, Nevada)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Kitty Has Claws NE-Style Hazy India Pale Ale
  • Style: New England-Style Hazy India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • IBUs: 30
  • Ingredients: Strata hops
  • Pour: The Kitty Has Claws pours a very cloudy golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white, 1+ finger head with good retention and lots of sudsy, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, and floral.  There are aromas of mango, tangerine, passion fruit, pineapple, light pine resin, herbal tea, wildflowers, and soft caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: Hop-forward, the taste of the Kitty Has Claws is citrusy, fruity, bright, and malty.  There are notes of tangerine, pink grapefruit juice, mango, pineapple, guava, light pine, sweet tea, sweet caramel, and an ever so slight hint of booze.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy, yet smooth with a dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall pairing: The Revision Kitty Has Claws is a complex, hoppy, bold, and aggressive brew... perfect for the hard-rockin' punch of Whitesnake's amazing "Slip Of The Tongue" album!  Also, when I picked up the beer, it made me think of the song "Kittens Got Claws"... thus the pairing was born.  'Nuff said!

Raise your fists... or claws!!  Cheers rockers!!

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