Saturday, August 19, 2023

August 19th, 2023 - A Robotic Gorilla In A Rotting Jungle


Hello metal heads and craft brew freaks!  The Meista is here today pairing the self-titled, kickass 10th album by death metal band Jungle Rot and a juicy and hoppy Robot Gorilla Hazy IPA from Lost Grove Brewing!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Jungle Rot
  • Title: "Jungle Rot"
  • Recorded: 2018 at Belle City Sound Company in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Release date: July 20th, 2018 (10th full-length studio album by Jungle Rot)
  • Record company: Victory Records
  • Production: Chris "Wisco" Djuricic and Jungle Rot 
  • Album cover art: Gyula Havancsák
  • Personnel: Geoff Bub (guitars), James Genenz (bass), and Dave Matrise (guitars and vocals)
  • Guest musicians: Jesse Beahler (drums) and Schmier (vocals on "Fearmonger")
  • Musical style: Death metal
  • Sound: With influence from bands like Bolt Thrower and Obituary, this is fast and furious, raw, straightforward death metal!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, rage, delusion, violence, corruption, murder, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Send Forth Oblivion"
  2. "Delusional Denial"
  3. "A Burning Cinder"
  4. "Triggered"
  5. "Fearmonger"
  6. "Stay Dead"
  7. "Glory For The Fallen"
  8. "Pumped Full Of Lead"
  9. "Twisted Mind"
  10. "Terrible Certainty" (Kreator cover)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Lost Grove Brewing (Boise, Idaho) 
  • Website:
  • Brew: Robot Gorilla Hazy IPA
  • Style: New England-Style Hazy India Pale Ale (IPA) 
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBUs: 16
  • Ingredients: Citra, Mosaic, and McKenzie hops
  • Pour: The Robot Gorilla pours a very cloudy, light golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white, 1-finger head with great retention and lots of sudsy, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very tropical, citrusy, and floral.  There are aromas of mango, tangerine, orange marmalade, peach, lemon zest, kiwi, herbal tea, wildflowers, a hint of coconut, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: Hop-forward, the taste of the Robot Gorilla is citrusy, fruity, bright, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of tangerine, orange juice, light lime, pink grapefruit juice, mango, peach, pineapple, guava, a hint of pine, and sweet caramel/toffee. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy, yet creamy and smooth with a dry, bittersweet finish.

Overall pairing: 
The crushable, fruity, hoppy, complex flavors of the Robot Gorilla
 Hazy IPA from Lost Grove Brewing is the perfect for the metal intensity and integrity of the mighty Jungle Rot!  Those crisp, punchy flavors are great for the straightforward death elements of the album, while the fruity and malty sweetness works wonderfully with the more malty backbone.  

Cheers and hails head bangers!!

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