Oh, this is going to be fun. This is a beer… But this is also an album. Stay with me. Kyau & Albert are… They are incredible. They released a new album in February titled Distant Lights that is their best work yet. To celebrate their new release they also brewed a beer, also called “Distant Lights.” So I asked if I could get a bottle to try. Sure enough, it showed up along with a signed copy of the new album.
I’ve listened to the album, oh, ten times now. I know every word to every song and am pumped to try the beer. We are going to listen to the album while reviewing the beer. It just felt right. Cheers!
Name: Distant Lights
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: NA
Style: American American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.8%
This is just awesome. The only thing that would make this better is if Kyau & Albert were here drinking this beer with us. Not only are they incredible musicians, they also homebrew. I wish I could have been at the release part, but this is cool. That, and I like hops. So there’s that! To be honest, I don’t even care if this beer is good. This is a cool opportunity to review a rare beer. I wonder if this has even been added to Untappd yet. If not, I will ad it!
Oh, and like our last Off The Wall review, I am going to write my review in 140 characters or less. Fun!
In the Glass: This beer traveled a long way. It is light in color with a lovely thin head and nice sticky lace. How long have these guys been homebrewing?
That was exactly 140 characters long. Do I get bonus points for that? Also, I am listening to “So Easy,” the first song on their new album. I am a huge fan of Kyau & Albert, but this album, because of this beer, means even more to me. I will listen to and comment on a new song for every experience of the beer below. I wish more artists did this.
Nose: I’m not getting a lot of hops on the nose, but I remember the first batch of beer I brewed. It was an IPA. This smells better than that!
While I am sitting here smelling this, I am listening to “One.” This might be my favorite song on the album. The best part of this album is the progression from one track to the next. I love an album that tells a story, from start to finish, and this album is like that. I can’t wait to see these guys live. Fingers crossed it is this year and they play some songs from this new release.
Flavor: There are definitely hops present in this beer. That is a very well balanced IPA leaving a nice coating of hop flavor on my palate. Cheers!
“My Silent Heart” is playing in the background. This song is a bit more energetic, and a great song to listen to while drinking this beer. I think the best part of this beer is the finish, as it lingers and the hop flavor changes as I swallow. But we will get to that in a minute. “It’s Always Been You” is the next song, and I want to discuss the beer’s mouthfeel.
Mouthfeel: The beer is thin, at first, and then gets almost creamy as you swallow. I did swish some around in my mouth, and it did “awaken” the beer.
I wasn’t familiar with Adaja Black, but her vocals are incredible. She helps take this song to another level, and is meant to sing for dance tracks. I need to learn more about her, because I just love her voice. I wonder if Adaja tours with these guys… That would be fun!
Aftertaste: The finish on this beer lingers for several minutes after I swallow. Just a well rounded and insanely balanced beer. Guys… Cheers!!!
“What You Don’t Know” is playing in the background. What you might know, unless you’ve had this beer, is how good this is. If you aren’t familiar with Kyau & Albert, you need to check them out. Albums like Here We Are Now and Worldvibe are great, but the work they did on Nights Awake and on Distant Lights shows they are growing and evolving over time. These gys also have a lot of singles. It would be hard to pick a favorite, but I am honored to get the chacne to try/review this beer while havig the opportunity to listen to the album from start to finish.
To Kyau & Albert, thank you. To euphonic records, their record label, thank you for making this a reality. Cheers to whatever you are drinking tonight. Hopefully you are lucky enough to one day try this homebrew. Cheers! (Did I already say that?)
Distant Lights – The bottle says: “NA”
Oh, there is a QR code on the label. It takes you to where you can buy this album on iTunes. If you haven’t done that already, go ahead. I’ll wait!
So somehow Ricky got this beer from Kyau & Albert. I’m not really sure what the deal is, but he got this beer plus a CD to review from them. Apparently the beer is tied in to the album? I don’t really know. But tonight we are drinking and reviewing the beer. So here goes.
It looks kind of like a wheat beer in the glass. It’s kind of a dark orange color, with a bit of a cloudy haze to it like a wheat beer. It smells a little bit citrusy, but not overly so. You can tell it is carbonated even in the smell, and there are tiny little bubbles floating to the top as well. Let’s see what it tastes like.
Well, with the first sip, it definitely doesn’t have as much citrus in it as I expected. It’s almost a bit hoppy, kind of like a pale ale. It does have a thick mouthfeel to it, more like a wheat beer might. But the hoppy taste (not overly so, just a bit hoppy) makes me compare it more to a pale ale. Honestly, it’s got a good balance to it. I’m not an IPA fan, really, but I don’t mind a bit of hops, and I like the balance of the hops on this beer.
With a good balance of hops and flavor to it, I actually might buy this beer again. The flavor is just a bit citrusy to complement the hops. It’s got kind of a dark burnt sugar taste to it that I like too. I mean, honestly I won’t really have a chance to buy this again, but I think it’s good. Given the opportunity, I’d probably drink it again. Good job, guys!