Tasting: June 5, 2016
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Beer #: 965
Puff Imperial IPA
Odd how the name of this beer has triggered some of my brain neurons. Actually, in a melancholy sort of way. As a kid of about 7 years-old, I had a small record player and remember playing 45’s of Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Puff the Magic Dragon” over and over again. The lyrical verse that always hit me was:
“A dragon lives forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys
One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar”
While others tried to connect this song to some drug reference – it was simply that we all grow up and lose that magic of youth. We lose the unbridled pursuit of fun and we succumb to the serious business of life. Thankfully, my kids take me back to those days and yes, they are growing up way too fast. My 10 year-old son recently asked me about something I missed about them being little. After a moment’s thought, I told him that I wished I would have known the last day that I would pick them up and carry them like a toddler. I said that I probably would have carried them around all day on that day. He humored me and let me pick him up like a toddler once again – just so I could write the date down. One caveat – I couldn’t say anything to his friends. It was a fun moment.
One other thing about the song. It was actually penned as a poem in 1959 by college student Lenny Lipton. Many point out that this was long before drug culture invaded college campuses. The poem was left by Lipton in the home of Lenny Edelstein who was Peter Yarrow’s roommate. Yarrow set the poem to music and the rest is history.
As far as Puff Imperial IPA, the label describes this as the unfiltered dry-hopped version of Resin – 88 points.
Tangerine, melon and mango balance out nicely. Certainly soft around the edges with an assertive, astringent boozy finish. Really enjoyed – 93 points.