A beautifully composed IPA. The style is evident throughout - quietly confident, one might say - but there is no bluster or boasting. It looks good, with its bright white head and teasing bronze color. Its aroma suggests tropical fruit: lychees, perhaps. A lightly creamy texture gently supports the hop flavors, which are appetizingly bitter, but also expansive. I had developed a warm relationship with the hops before they came at me for a last, hard-hitting volley. I slowed them into a clinch. I wanted to savor this brew.Thank you Mr. Jackson! Co-panelist Charles Finkel was equally complimentary while Stan Hieronymous took off on a whimsical riff:
lightly toasted bread slathered in mildly alcoholic orange marmalade.
and speaking of Merrie Melodies ...
I looked it up. It's called Powerhouse, and was written and originally performed by Raymond Scott and his Quintette (sp). Later, Carl Stallings would use it and other period music in those wonderfully wacky Warner Brothers cartoons.