Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 3rd, 2021 - Adventures Of An IPA Fueled Imagination

Good evening rockers, rollers, and hop-heads!  The Meista here tonight pairing the wonderful "Adventures Of The Imagination" by guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker and a crisp and juicy Adventures In IPA (2020 Batch #8) from the fine folks at Talisman Brewing Company!  Hell yeah! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Michael Schenker
  • Title: "Adventures Of The Imagination"
  • Recorded: 2019
  • Release date: March 7th, 2000 (4th all-instrumental solo release by Michael Schenker)
  • Record company: Shrapnel Records
  • Production: Michael Schenker and Mike Varney 
  • Album cover art: ? 
  • Personnel: Michael Schenker (guitars) with Aynsley Dunbar (drums) and John Onder (bass)  
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock, instrumental rock
  • Sound: Schenker's guitar tone on this album is rich, complex, bright, and utterly breathtaking.  And that is just his tone!  The fiery compositions and delivery is really a thing of both beauty and marvel!  Man, what a great, rockin' album!
  • Major themes: As an instrumental record, the meanings behind the songs are open to interpretation.  As the title denotes, I like to think the songs are all about various adventures and the beauty of the imagination.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Achtung Fertig, Los!"
  2. "Open Gate" 
  3. Adventures Part One
    1. "Three Fish Dancing"
    2. "Michael Schenker Junior"
  4. Adventures Part Two
    1. "Aardvark In A VW Smoking A Cigar"
    2. "I Want To Be With You"
  5. Adventures Part Three
    1. "Old Man With Sheep on Mars"
    2. "At The End Of The Day"
    3. "Hand In Hand"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Adventures In IPA (Batch #8)
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • Pour: The Adventures In IPA pours a very hazy, bright golden-yellow with a frothy, 2+ finger bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, citrusy, dank, floral, herbal, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, light pine resin, herbal tea, summer grass, wild flowers, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Adventures In IPA follows the nose with lots of fruity (tropical and citrusy), herbal, and malty flavors.  There are notes of juicy pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple, guava, a touch of pine, fresh herbs, crackery biscuit, and light toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Adventures In IPA is crisp, somewhat slick, and sharp with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The Talisman Adventures In IPA is a very crushable, citrusy, and slightly bitter brew... great for the amazing guitar acrobatics and beautiful tones of the mighty Schenker!!  'Nuff said!

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