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Top of the Hops, an IPA bracket challenge

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by CASK1, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. CASK1

    CASK1 Savant (345) Florida Jan 7, 2010

  2. phooky

    phooky Savant (410) New York Jan 23, 2010

    Very interesting, here's the full bracket for all interested:
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    I was most intrigued by Racer 5 beating Sculpin 6-1, and Uinta Hop Notch beating GF West Coast IPA 5-2.
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  3. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (950) North Carolina Dec 8, 2007 Staff Member

    Agreed - I was very surprised to see the Racer 5 vs. Sculpin not be a lot closer than that.
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  4. FremontBar

    FremontBar Savant (270) Arizona Feb 1, 2013

    This was interesting, thanks for sharing. Hop Notch is my go to standard IPA.
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  5. The southwest bracket was stacked!
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  6. Ho Hum. Another poll with someone else's personal opinion. Why did I even bother opening the thread? Cause I have no clue what Paste Magazine is...and I still don't.
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  7. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (325) Illinois Feb 14, 2013

    Jai Alai would have been my choice. Ever since I had my first one a few weeks ago I have been hooked. I have 5 left in the fridge and will be extremely sad once I finish them. Not only is it a refreshing drink that is a lot more sessionable than the 7.5% ABV would have you believe, it goes amazing with many food pairings. Spicy dishes benefit the most from being paired with a Jai Alai. Hopefully some day soon, CCB will distribute to Chicago so I can have this all the time. It is my go-to IPA.
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  8. Was the first round the only one that was blind tasting?
  9. No Flower Power. I love Union Jack, and I don't think that they would have chosen Flower Power anyways, but it's a damn shame it wasn't given a chance.

    Also, big ups to Straight to Ale's Monkeynaut making into competition.
  10. Ell

    Ell Aficionado (150) Alabama Mar 17, 2009

    STA's Monkeynaut is a very nice IPA.

    I'm really shocked there's not more talk about the showing Good People IPA had. These guys are making some seriously good beer in Alabama. If you haven't had their beers, do what you can to get some now. IPA, Snakehandler (DIPA), Pale, and Coffee Oatmeal Stout are their best beers, and they're as good as most breweries on the west coast (IMHO).

    And, I thought all the rounds were blind. Did someone see something different from that?
  11. Another Ho Hum. Like every poll there is, someone thinks something or someone was left out. This time, there's no Flower Power in the Northeast bracket. It's 7.5%, right on the cutoff line, it isn't called a double or imperial IPA and it's one of the best IPAs in the Northeast. Why isn't it there? Because like every poll, it's subjective to the poll taker/maker. Polls are for losers.
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  12. Qwest_35

    Qwest_35 Savant (265) Florida Feb 4, 2013

    That is pretty interesting, great find! It's good to see two of my everyday beers make it to the final 4! I always have 2 Hearted and Jai Alai's in my fridge, It's a must.
  13. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Advocate (505) Illinois Jan 14, 2013

    What's the shelf life on Jai Alai? I got 12 via trade last month, and I thought it was pretty middle of the road. Of course, my generous trader (sarcasm font) sent me a 6 pack canned in November and sixer from mid December. He said shelf life was 4 months. Trying to figure out if it just isn't my favorite brew or if I didn't get a proper representation.
  14. Revenant

    Revenant Savant (350) Minnesota Aug 8, 2012

    Sounds like some sour grapes, or should I say hops?
  15. Love me some Jai Alai! Wish I could get it in SC.

  16. Abytehead

    Abytehead Aficionado (130) New York Feb 26, 2006

    Odells is one of my favorites. Unfortunately it is not yet distributed in NYS. :(
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  17. I picked up a six pack that was 10 days old and it was awesome. Fresh beer (esp. IPA) is best.

  18. Qwest_35

    Qwest_35 Savant (265) Florida Feb 4, 2013

    I've had it less than a month old, and the oldest I've had was 3 months old, I like it about half way between the two. Sounds like you had it on it's way out. I do find that it is better at about a month old, the really fresh batch I got was not as fruity as the month old was. I would give it another shot with something fresher before you bail on this one!
  19. PHBoiler

    PHBoiler Advocate (505) Illinois Jan 14, 2013

    Thanks for your help. I'll probably just wait and try it/buy it whenever I get down to Florida. That way I'll know it's fresher.
  20. Daktah

    Daktah Savant (275) Illinois Apr 13, 2011

    The beers that I know are more in the English style of IPA did not do well.

    Learned a few new beers to look for when traveling, so there's that I guess.
  21. Qwest_35

    Qwest_35 Savant (265) Florida Feb 4, 2013

    Absolutley, or you could trade. There's plenty of great BA's on here from Fl who would hook you up.
  22. No just a sour puss.
  23. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (325) Illinois Feb 14, 2013

    Not sure... the 12 that I got in a trade were only a few weeks old when I received them and they have been fucking delicious. The mango and grapefruit smells/flavors were quite prevalent. So refreshing, and for some reason I love it right out of the can
  24. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (595) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    I'm surprised Odell didn't take it, I'd drink that before FW or CC.
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  25. Oddly enough, I picked up some Union Jack yesterday for the first time in a while. Bottled 2 weeks ago, but really underwhelming.
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  26. I've been enjoying this for the last couple weeks. Inspired me to retry Two Hearted after being unimpressed a couple years back. Liked it alot better this time. Also put a couple beers on my try list...
  27. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (500) Ohio Jan 8, 2009

    No White Rajah, Head Hunter, Columbus IPA, in the Northeast? Please, can't take that seriously at all.

    Although, UJ is a good beer...
  28. If you read the results (very interesting, especially the final four profiles) you'll find the competitation was limited to year round IPAs. No seasonals, Imperial's or APA's.
  29. Ri0

    Ri0 Champion (935) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012

    Nice to see Lake Front Brewery IPA do pretty well. Wish Ale Asylums Ballistic IPA was in there instead.
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  30. runfoodrun

    runfoodrun Savant (325) Minnesota Jun 18, 2008

    Needs more Toppling Goliath.
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  31. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (500) Ohio Jan 8, 2009

    Those are year round, regular IPAs that I mentioned. Not seasonal, not imperial, not APAs.
  32. DanE

    DanE Savant (400) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

    I have to agree. I was on business in Birmingham and Snake Charmer was fantastic, so good I regretted the Two-Hearted I had prior to it (because eventually I needed to drive to the hotel without receiving an out of state DUI). Avondale's IPA was great too. Go to AL if you want the fantastic, yet under the radar beer.

    With that said, since I am currently rep'ing CT, I'd say Sea Hag would have smoked the NE, but I like FW Union Jack and Bear Republic Racer 5 a lot so cheers to them!
  33. Had Kane Head High been in the "play in" game in the northeast region, it would have won the whole tournament. Shame on the selection committee for not putting them in the big dance.
  34. phooky

    phooky Savant (410) New York Jan 23, 2010

    I think the blame may be on Kane for not bottling.. They only used bottled beers.

    I pray Kane starts bottling/canning soon so I can enjoy Head High and Overhead more often!
  35. Agreed, although criteria just says American brewery and beer that is available year round so it really could qualify. But some of those beers in the NE bracket are average at best. I'd take Flower power and Troegs Perpetual over just about every other beer in that bracket.
  36. phooky

    phooky Savant (410) New York Jan 23, 2010

    I agree with the peculiar lack of Flower Power, one of the top regular IPAs out there.
  37. While I love those beers I think they are looking for beers that people can actually have in there homes via going to the store and buying them:)


    Although I do think Golden Nugget could have taken all these beers and then wiped the floor with them.
  38. dar482

    dar482 Advocate (670) New York Mar 9, 2007

    Yeah, I would like to trust this, but Sculpin would've beat most of the beers that got high. Racer 5, no way. Firestone, I can see an argument.
  39. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (500) Ohio Jan 8, 2009

    True. And Racer 5 over Blind Pig? Puhlease.
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  40. dar482

    dar482 Advocate (670) New York Mar 9, 2007

    At least that was a 4-3. I have yet to have 21st Amendment IPA, but I couldn't imagine it beating Alesmith IPA, one of my favorite IPAs, 6-1.

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