Sunday, May 30, 2021

May 30th, 2021 - Jump The Sharks!


Good afternoon rockers, rollers, and craft beer freaks! The Meista here with another great pairing for ya... the rockin' "Sharks" album by legendary band UFO and a tasty Jump The Shark Double Hazy India Pale Ale from Proper Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: UFO
  • Title: "Sharks"
  • Recorded: 2002 at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
  • Release date: September 3rd, 2002 (16th studio album by UFO)
  • Record company: Shrapnel
  • Production: Mike Varney and Steve Fontano
  • Album cover art: Tristan Greatrex 
  • Personnel: Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Phil Mogg (vocals), Michael Schenker (guitars), and Pete Way (bass guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Jess Bradman (backing vocals), Kevin Carlson (keyboards), Luis Maldonado (backing vocals), and Mike Varney (guitar fills and outro guitar solo on "Fighting Man") 
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, heavy blues rock
  • Sound: With that classic UFO sound, "Sharks" is straight-forward, hard-rockin' goodness!  Mogg's vocals are spot-on and feel as rich and heartfelt as his work in the 70s.  Schenker's guitar work is bold, powerful, and wonderfully heartfelt and executed.  And Dunbar and Way pound out a heavy blast of grooves and rhythms throughout.
  • Major themes: Life, death, crime, relationships, revenge, rebellion, desire, honesty, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Outlaw Man"
  2. "Quicksilver Rider"
  3. "Serenity"
  4. "Deadman Walking"
  5. "Shadow Dancer"
  6. "Someone's Gonna Have To Pay"
  7. "Sea Of Faith"
  8. "Fighting Man"
  9. "Perfect View"
  10. "Crossing Over"
  11. "Hawaii"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
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  • Brew: Jump The Shark Double Hazy India Pale Ale 
  • Style: New England Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • IBUs: 35
  • Pour: The Jump The Shark pours a very cloudy golden peach hue with a frothy, 1+ finger, off-white head with sticky and intricately layered and sustained lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is chalk full of tropical and citrus fruit along with some more earthy and dank notes and biscuity malt.  There are hop-forward aromas of stone fruit (peach and apricot), mango, grapefruit rind, pineapple, light pine resin, white pepper, crackery biscuit, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is citrusy, fruity, slightly piney, floral, and crackery.  There are notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, light pine, herbal tea, sourdough bread, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Jump the Shark is crisp, juicy, slightly thick with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Jump the Shark from the fine folks at Proper Brewing is a bold and an intensely fruity double IPA... perfect for the hard-rockin' power and might of legendary rockers UFO!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

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