2015 Blind I/IPA Taste Testing

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  1. smanrob

    smanrob Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2014 California

    Last year I helped to set up a blind I/IPA taste testing for myself and a couple of friends (2014 thread). A few people enjoyed the thread, others just appreciated the opportunity to slam another thread. Either way, 2015 has rolled around and I'm happy to set up another blind taste testing!
    With the gracious help of a few other BA traders, I've managed to put together another crazy line up!
    Some of the bottles/cans still come in later this week, so not all the "bottled on" info is populated yet, but thus far, this is what we're in for on Saturday. The other two guys have no idea what beers will be included.

    *Gray cells indicate cells that didn't impact seeding.

    Round 1:

    Last year a bunch of BA's commented about pallet wrecking, freshness, etc.. We're not worried about it. We'll have snacks available throughout. We're BBQ'ing ribs for dinner and we're doing small tasting pours until it's all said and done. Regardless... It's going to be a great time!
    With that... HUGE PROPS to the following BA traders!
    @MilesM123, @OleGee, @Beerandboards, @Pulltabs_only, @chipawayboy, @JCDenver, @YoungLad, @tamingthebrett, @therackman, @JohnnyHopps.
    Every one of these traders are class acts, spreading the BA love!

    I'll update this thread again later this weekend with the results. There are three rounds, narrowing from 12, to 8, and finally to a single round of the top 4 from each class. We're in for a great weekend!
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  2. tbone1384

    tbone1384 Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2010 Wyoming

  3. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    I would like to see a NCAA Final Four type bracket to select the favorite beer among all BA members
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  4. tylerstravis

    tylerstravis Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2014 Colorado

    Someone really needs to send them some Boneyard. I would if I wasn't 1500 miles away!
  5. blassor

    blassor Pundit (944) Sep 2, 2010 New Jersey

    Looks pretty awesome. shape of hops definitely is not as good now as it was fresh. solid lineup though.
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  6. PuckIt

    PuckIt Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I could add a Voodoo Good Vibes to the list if you're still looking.
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  7. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    Great looking list. Can't wait for the results!

    Just another thread making me think I need to start trading...
  8. jageraholic

    jageraholic Maven (1,366) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    When I bought hop drop and roll, they had a canned on date on the bottom of each can.
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  9. ToddThompson

    ToddThompson Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2012 North Carolina

    Glad you were able to get some Jade
  10. Pulltabs_only

    Pulltabs_only Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2014 Indiana

    Sex and Candy, all the way for IPA.
  11. smanson56

    smanson56 Pooh-Bah (2,008) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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    Not a New England IPA or DIPA in the bunch? I'd send you some next time to keep it fair.
  12. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

  13. smanson56

    smanson56 Pooh-Bah (2,008) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
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  14. derftron

    derftron Pooh-Bah (1,577) Feb 8, 2012 Oregon

    had many of those on the list.

    Sticky Hands should win
  15. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    eh, there's a lot of great IPAs everywhere. Them being in California probably had something to do with it - got to go for fresh.
  16. MilesM123

    MilesM123 Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2014 Ohio

    Wish I could partake! Let us know of ny surprises. (Pulling for Anicca...)
  17. therackman

    therackman Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2009 Oregon

    Cheers! Look forward to hearing the results. OP is a generous trader. True BA.

    Pulling for sticky hands.
  18. smanrob

    smanrob Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2014 California

    The results are in!
    All of the flight results are shown below. I've included a few observations that were interesting to us. Granted, this whole experience was more about enjoying some great beers and having fun than about statistical validity. The fact that head-to-head voting swapped from round to round doesn't bother us in the least. We're just all happy to have had the opportunity to enjoy so many impressive beers. The differences really become apparent when you're drinking them side by side!



    A couple of statistical insights...

    1. Apex went up against Shape of Hops to Come in all three rounds. We all scored Shape of Hops higher in the first and third round, but Apex higher in round two.

    2. The first and the last IPA flights both had Yellow Rose, Batch 138 and Odell IPA. Of those three, Alan had 138 as the best in the first round, but worst in the last round. John had Yellow Rose best in the first round, but worst in the last round.

    3. In total, there were 21 incidents of two beers going up against each other in multiple flights. Including the Apex vs. Shape of Hops voting swaps, the swap counts for each of us were:
    Rob: 4 swapped scores
    John: 9 swapped scores
    Alan: 10 swapped scores

    4. The 12th seed and lowest "rated" beer in the entire tasting, Rampage, took 2nd place in the IIPA tasting. The highest rated IPA, Yellow Rose, (rated as the 131st in the top 250 beers list) finished in 8th place.

    5. All of the top 4 IPA's were from somewhere other than California. 3 of the top 4 IIPA's were all from CA. There were a total of 7 CA beers in the tasting. All 7 finished in the top 8.

    6. Last year, when Batch 138 went up against Racer 5, I had scored Racer 5 higher and Alan had scored Batch 138 higher. This year, I had Batch 138 beating Racer 5, and Alan had Racer 5 beating 138. We both swapped from last year to this year.
    The only other two beers from last year were Apex and Pliny. They never went against each other this year.

    Thanks again to all you BA traders who've helped to make these two tasting events possible! They're truly a wonderful time!

  19. therackman

    therackman Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2009 Oregon

    I offered, but think he wanted to keep it to bottled or canned options only. Can only do boneyard growlers.
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  20. smanrob

    smanrob Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2014 California

    Ya, 1/31 was our target date, but with our work schedules there was a chance that we were going to need to postpone it. I was trying to stick to bottles and cans just so I wouldn't be either sitting on a 3 week old growler or needing to change the line up if we ended up postponing.
    I am looking forward to trying Boneyard though!
  21. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    My mom warned me about beers that are loose on the first round. :wink:
  22. wheelzntoys

    wheelzntoys Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2013 California

    Deep River (2nd batch) is delicious! you can see its relationship to Citra in aroma and flavor.

    Had some during Super Bowl and I'm not surprised it came out on top.
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  23. BltByKrmn

    BltByKrmn Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 New York

    I've been telling people how amazing Deep River is (NY got kegs of the first batch, no carbonation issues), pretty cool to see it win.
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  24. MikeP64

    MikeP64 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2015 South Carolina

    Sounds like an awesome night-can't wait to see the results! Now where is my invitation?.....
  25. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Great tasting! Sounds like it was a blast. I'm baffled how Rampage faired so well but that's what these are all about. Pleasant surprises & good times with friends.

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  26. OleGee

    OleGee Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2013 New Jersey

    Thanks for sharing @smanrob - was hoping for a better showing from the PA/NJ beers, but pleased to see Shape of Hops to Come placed well. Looking forward to the Knee Deep!
  27. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    Sounds like fun but I would certainly take all this with a grain of salt. SoHtC is months old and I bet the 077xx isn't too fresh either (freshies have been off shelves for a few weeks here in NJ) and falls off fast for some reason. Like you mentioned, palate is certainly wrecked after about 3 DIPAs. Nonetheless, seems like a good time and lineup.
    #27 EveningCordial, Feb 3, 2015
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  28. Keananmichael5

    Keananmichael5 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

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