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Awesome Head to Head Battles!

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by VelvetExtract, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Recently did Deschutes Red Chair vs Lagunitas New Dogtown. I thought it would be closer, but Red Chair won in convincing fashion.
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  2. raoulduke37

    raoulduke37 Savant (265) California Dec 31, 2008

    Now I really need to try it, since it took down my two favorite IPA's to date.

  3. Totally... Enjoy By super fresh is right up there though.
  4. dman127

    dman127 Savant (295) Illinois Jul 11, 2011 Verified

    Did the same lineup with my son a couple of weeks ago. Pliny was #1 for us. Then Heady and Hopslam. Would be very happy with any of the three!
  5. ESeab

    ESeab Advocate (515) New Jersey Jan 3, 2013

    Did this as well, also throwing the 'wake n moo' combo in the mix. Wake n Moo for the win
    Did ten fidy vs FIS too - I don't remember the winner
  6. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,160) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

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  7. PDXHops

    PDXHops Savant (485) South Carolina Nov 19, 2008

    Terrapin is hit and (mostly) miss for me, but WNB is great stuff.
  8. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Savant (375) Maine Oct 28, 2011

    put in a brown bag, pour, compare and open bags after.
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  9. pweis909

    pweis909 Champion (750) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

    Put bottles in brown paper bags so labels can't be seen. Each of you plays shell game with the bags when the other isn't looking. Label one bag A and one bag B. Pour two glasses of A, two glasses of B. Taste.
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  10. DangerDawg

    DangerDawg Savant (420) Ohio Dec 8, 2008 Verified

    My brother-in-law and I did Zombie Dust vs White Rajah. I liked the ZD a little better, and he chose WR. In the end though, we were the real winners!
  11. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (675) Washington Nov 25, 2012

    A few I remember off the top of my head.

    Ted Fidy > Narwhal > Old Rasputin

    Myrcenary > Pliny > Hop Stoopid
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  12. beer geek weasel v founders breakfast stout. i know they're not exactly the same, but i think the weasel is better. regular beer geek brunch is not close to bfast stout tho
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  13. Alright, well have been drinking a ton of Sucks lately and popped across the river to buy a 4 pack of Abrasive today, and man all I could think was "this tastes like a beefed up Sucks with a touch more bitter and better flavor" But I will have to agree with you on Sucks taking the cake for price point that is for damn sure!
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  14. morimech

    morimech Champion (800) Minnesota Nov 6, 2006

    Exactly. Is Abrasive worth almost twice the price? Well that is up to the individual.
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  15. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Champion (850) New Jersey Oct 27, 2010 Verified

    I've had both Pliny and Hopslam in recent weeks, and I keep getting my introduction to Heady delayed the last few weeks. My bro-in-law got some and will finally be trying it next week. Have to say I liked Pliny more than Hopslam.
  16. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Savant (400) New York Aug 1, 2012 Verified

    Its really not a match .....heady is insanely impressive
  17. luwak

    luwak Savant (395) Arizona Mar 2, 2010 Verified

    (1) get indistinguishable glasses (one of many reasons that it is nice to have a set of 8 - 12 identical tasters)
    (2) write the name of beer of a piece of tape. tape to bottom of glass
    (3) pour beers into appropriately labeled glasses
    (4) mix them up like a game of three card/cup monty/shell game
    (5) drink make notes
    (6) turn over cups at the end to reveal identity

    Doesn't work as well if beers are significantly different in color or in head/foam produced...
  18. I guess it explains why I am on my 6th 6er of Sucks and just grabbed my first 4 pack of Abrasive! Not to take away from the beer but for almost double the price for not even a full 6 packs worth of beer it is just hard to justify getting Abrasive over Sucks when I can grab um both nice and fresh
  19. djrn2

    djrn2 Poobah (1,230) New Jersey Nov 4, 2009 Verified

    We did the tasting in 2011 so I highly doubt it. It wasn't that typical oxidized flavor. There was something going on in there that tasted like shit.
  20. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Champion (795) Maryland Oct 15, 2011 Verified

    About 1 month ago, Momar42, myself, and a few others had 3F Oude Geuze, Gueuze Tilquin, and Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic-Bio side-to-side-to-side. All three of them rocked, it's just that the Tilquin rocked less than the other two. I'd pick the 'loon in terms of overall quality and depth - but I'd pick the 3F if I wanted the most drinkable and delicate of the three.
  21. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (840) New York Mar 21, 2010 Verified

    Perfect timing favorite for this thread. Had a Lawsons Kiwi for first time, now following it with the champ: Alpine Nelson. Kiwi was excellent, looked a little darker and "thicker" then Nelson, not as sweet. Both great beers, but have to give the nod to Nelson. Major props to awesome trading partner Jimmy for sending Nelson to me and also to Drew for giving me Kiwi at a company meeting.
  22. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Champion (795) North Carolina Feb 16, 2011 Verified

    it could have been fresh. its pretty lackluster fresh.
  23. "are you sure it wasn't aged. it gets oxidized with age"
    "it wasn't aged"
    "are you sure it wasn't fresh. it sucks fresh"

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  24. JamesMN

    JamesMN Savant (410) Minnesota Jul 12, 2012

    Sucks vs Abrasive

    Abrasive won.
  25. BeerFan

    BeerFan Savant (365) New Jersey Feb 11, 2003 Verified

    I can do blind taste tests by myself. How? I get identical glasses and put tape on the bottom of the glass with the name of the beer I plan to pour into it. I pour the beer. Yes, I do see what it looks like. I then put the glasses (I usually only sampe two at a time) on a plate, close my eyes and rotate the plate several times so I do not know which beer is which. Keeping my eyes closed, I sample one and then the other. If the beers' colors are very similar, I sometimes do not keep my eyes closed.