Sunday, March 24, 2019

March 24th, 2019 - Catching Clouds With The Big Eyeball In The Sky

Good afternoon and happy Sunday!  Your pal, the Meista here today getting a little funky with a pairing of a Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA from Odell Brewing Company and "The Big Eyeball In The Sky" by Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Colonel Claypool's Bucket Of Bernie Brains (C2B3)
  • Title: "The Big Eyeball In The Sky"
  • Recorded: 2004 at Rancho Relaxo
  • Release date: September 21st, 2004 (1st and only studio album by C2B3)
  • Record company: Prawn Song Records
  • Production: Les Claypool
  • Album cover art: Maurice Caldwell 
  • Personnel: Buckethead (guitars), Les Claypool (bass and vocals), Bryan "Brain" Mantia (drums), and Bernie Worrell (keyboards)
  • Additional musicians: Gabby La La (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Experimental rock, avant-garde rock/jazz fusion, hard rock, funk rock
  • Sound: Combining Claypool's whimsical approach to music with more experimental, jam rock, and funky jazz elements, the tracks on "The Big Eyeball In The Sky" are at once compelling, mesmerizing, and just plain fun!  There are elements of Primus, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, and Funkadelic.
  • Major themes: Life, music, the Iraq war, criticism of the Bush Administration's foreign policy, states of mind, truth, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Buckethead"
  2. "Thai Noodles"
  3. "Tyranny Of The Hunt"
  4. "Elephant Ghost"
  5. "Hip Shot From The Slab"
  6. "Junior"
  7. "Scott Taylor"
  8. "The Big Eyeball In The Sky"
  9. "Jackalope"
  10. "48 Hours To Go"
  11. "Ignorance Is Bliss"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado)
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  • Brew: Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA
  • Style: New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.8% 
  • IBUs: 47
  • Pour: The Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA pours a very cloudy, golden-peach hue with a frothy, 2+ finger, bright head with great sustain and lots of intricate, sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is juicy, citrusy, malty, sweet, and a little dank.  There are aromas of orange peel and juice, grapefruit juice and rind, very light pine, mango, pineapple, a hint of vanilla bean, and soft caramel/toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA is fruity, citrusy, sweet, malty, and slightly bitter.  There are notes of creamcicle, orange juice and pith, pink grapefruit juice, pineapple, mango, peach, very light vanilla, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and creamy with a slightly bitter and dry finish. 

Overall pairing:  The crisp, juicy, sweet, and very refreshing character of the Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA from Odell is perfect for the experimental, hightly musical insanity that is C2B3's "The Big Eyeball In The Sky"!  'Nuff said!


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