Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 20th, 2019 - ...And The Phototropic Circus Leaves Town

Hello there headbangers and craft beer lovers!  The Meista here today pairing "...And The Circus Leaves Town" by Kyuss and a Phototropic from TRVE Brewing Company, "Denver's true heavy metal brewery"!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Kyuss
  • Title: "...And The Circus Leaves Town"
  • Recorded: March 1st through the 20th, 1995 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California
  • Release date: July 11th, 1995 (4th studio album by Kyuss)
  • Record company: Elektra Records
  • Production: Chris Goss and Kyuss
  • Album cover art: Jill Jordan
  • Personnel: Josh Garcia (lead vocals), Alfredo Hernandez (drums), Josh Homme (guitars), and Scott Reeder (bass) 
  • Musical style: Stoner rock/metal, experimental rock
  • Sound: Tighter and a bit lighter than previous albums, and very straightforward, "...And The Circus Leaves Town" is chalk full of undulating grooves and heavy riffs and trippy harmonies.
  • Major themes: Life, death, grief, drugs, music, the sea, the desert, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Hurricane"
  2. "One Inch Man"
  3. "Thee Ol' Boozeroony"
  4. "Gloria Lewis"
  5. "Phototropic"
  6. "El Rodeo"
  7. "Jumbo Blimp Jumbo"
  8. "Tangy Zizzle"
  9. "Size Queen"
  10. "Catamaran"
  11. "Spaceship Landing"
  12. "M'deea" (hidden track)
  13. "Day One" (hidden track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) in collaboration with Finback
  • Website:
  • Brew: Phototropic
  • Style: American Wild Ale / Farmhouse / Belgian Golden Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Ingredients: Mixed culture with prickly pear
  • Pour: The Phototropic pours a clear golden-yellow with a 1-finger, billowy, bright white head that dissipates quickly and leaves virtually no lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, floral, funky, and earthy.  There are aromas of lemon Greek yogurt, lime, grapefruit light vinegar, light crackery grain, wet horse blanket, leather, and desert flowers.
  • Taste: The taste of the Phototropic is tangy, fruity, funky, and grainy.  There are notes of lime juice and zest, lemon juice, grapefruit, vinegar, light grains, ginger, cactus juice, a hint of barnyard funk, and spicy black pepper. 
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well carbonated, the Phototropic's mouthfeel is frothy, fizzy, crisp, and slightly tart, with a dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Phototropic from TRVE Brewing is a bright, fruity, and very crisp brew, which makes a great foil to the heavy stoner rock of Kyuss' "...And The Circus Leaves Town"!  The beer is actually named for the song "Photorropic" on the album so I really didn't have to work to hard for thisone.  :) 'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails!!

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