Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 8th, 2018 - A Liquid Truth Tension Serum Experiment

Hey there rockers and craft brew freaks!  The Meista here today pairing a Liquid Truth Serum IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Company and "Liquid Tension Experiment 1" by Liquid Tension Experiment!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Title: "Liquid Tension Experiment 1"
  • Recorded: September 20th through 25th 1997 at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York
  • Release date: March 10th, 1998 (1st album by Liquid Tension Experiment)
  • Record company: Magna Carta Records
  • Production: Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Album cover art: Paul Laraia
  • Personnel: Jordan Rudess (keyboards), Tony Levin (Chapman Stick, bass guitar, electric upright bass), John Petrucci (guitars), and Mike Portnoy (drums)
  • Musical style: Progressive metal / rock, art rock, experimental rock, jazz fusion, hard rock
  • Sound: Combining the tight, melodic, and sometimes overzealous progressive metal of Dream Theater with looser jazz-inspired improvisation, "Liquid Tension Experiment 1" is a wonderful rich, compelling, and inspiring musical journey!  I highly recommend for any Dream Theater fans out there as well as fans of King Crimson and Spock's Beard.
  • Major themes: As this is an instrumental album, thematic content is open to interpretation.
  • Notes: The following humorous message can be found on the back of the album: "Three Minute Warning" is not for the musically faint-hearted, impatient, or critics of extreme self-indulgence. If you fall into any of the above categories, please hit the stop button on your CD player after track #8."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Paradigm Shift"
  2. "Osmosis"
  3. "Kindred Spirits"
  4. "The Stretch"
  5. "Freedom Of Speech"
  6. "Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure"
  7. "State Of Grace"
  8. "Universal Mind"
  9. "Three Minute Warning" (part 1)
  10. "Three Minute Warning" (part 2)
  11. "Three Minute Warning" (part 3)
  12. "Three Minute Warning" (part 4)
  13. "Three Minute Warning" (part 5)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Company (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Liquid Truth Serum IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Pour: The Liquid Truth Serum IPA pours a hazy golden-orange hue with a bubbly half-finger bright white head that dissipates to a thin ring with light soapy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, citrusy, floral, dank, and sweet.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind and juice, lime, tangerine, apricot, mango, melon, pine resin, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Liquid Truth Serum IPA is characterized by tropical fruit, citrus, resinous, and subtle flavors.  There are notes of sweet melon, bitter pink grapefruit juice, tangerine, mango, guava, light pine, and hints of honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Liquid Truth Serum IPA is very crisp, yet smooth with a slightly bitter, dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum IPA is a wonderfully delicious and drinkable brew with lots of fruity complexity... perfect for the musical prowess and acrobatics of the brilliant Liquid Tension Experiment!  The bright flavors of the brew work wonderfully well with the overall upbeat feel of the music!

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