Awesome Head to Head Battles!

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  1. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,284) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    Put a bottle of Lagunitas Sucks next to a bottle of Itahaca Flower Power. Found that they are very similar. Flower Power was the victor...anyway I would love to hear some exceptional Mano-a-Mano beer battles; and who won?
  2. dap325

    dap325 Initiate (151) Apr 2, 2009 New York

    Recently put Brooklyn Sorachi Ace vs Ommegang Hennepin. Both are awesome but Hennepin won for me. Sucks vs Flower Power is a tough one, but I'd be in the Lagunitas camp at the current moment. I only say this because Nugget Nectar isn't available in my area yet. I'm excited to try this years batch.
  3. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (688) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Did the sucks v Flower power last night. Flower power surprisingly won. I am drinking FP tonight.

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  4. FozzieThaBurr

    FozzieThaBurr Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013

    Both Sucks vs. FP and Sorachi Ace vs. Hennepin are unfair.

    The two IPAs use very different hop profiles. I have to say that I would choose FP by a hair, but the two are brilliant in their own rights.

    Comparing saisons is almost impossible. The style has such a range that it's really difficult to do any real comparison. Sorachi Ace is designed to spotlight the Sorachi Ace hops, which makes it lemony-grassy and fantastic. Hennepin, however, is not just one of the best readily availably saisons but one of the best readily available beers in the country, imho.
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  5. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Poo-Bah (1,654) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    Biggest head to head I ever did was actually 3 compared.

    Heady Topper vs Pliny the Elder vs Hopslam

    Heady took it, hands down
  6. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,367) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Premium Member Beer Trader

    I love how Hennepin is so stately, dry and restrained. Not all saisons are like that- some may say that the best ones have quite different qualities. I enjoy them all for what they are; at a certain point all beers reach a distinctive echelon, and it is unwise to compare those beers to each other. They all have their own attributes that satisfy different needs.
  7. standardcherry

    standardcherry Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    A friend and I have a Black Note vs KBS vs Bourbon County vs BA Plead the 5th show-off next week. The only one I haven't tried is BCBS and I predict this:

    Black Note > BAPt5 > KBS > BCBS

    I will update with results next week.
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  8. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Washington

    I'm just about to do a very similar showdown;
    HT vs Zombie Dust vs Hopslam

    EDIT: I know ZD isn't an IIPA.
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  9. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Poo-Bah (1,654) Apr 25, 2012 Virginia
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    I enjoy ZD over hopslam, but make sure if you try those side by side you drink ZD first, the other 2 will do too much damage (in a good way) to your palate to be able to fairly compare those. Enjoy though, cheers
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  10. HoistinBrews

    HoistinBrews Devotee (492) Mar 26, 2011 Minnesota

    I did a Hopslam vs. Abrasive last night. Slight advantage Abrasive but I could see if in the mood for a sweeter DIPA Hopslam would take the lead.
    Either way you win.
  11. GardenWaters

    GardenWaters Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Illinois

    Old Raspy vs Founders Imperial Stout......... who wins? I dunno, all I know is I get knocked out!
  12. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    BA rasptuin vs BA blackout. Rasptuin all the way
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  13. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (271) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    World Wide Stout vs. my current level of sobriety

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  14. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Damn. Now I don't want to try Flower Power. I'll get slaughtered for saying it, but I find Sucks to be an unbalanced mess. I don't make Molotov cocktails from the empty bottles. I buy as much as I can and douse it in gasoline while still full, and torch it.
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  15. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I agree there! However, Hopslam is a touch sweeter this year than previous. Still awesome, though.
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  16. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    Enjoy By vs Pliny.

    Pliny, do to balance and mouth feel.
  17. psnydez86

    psnydez86 Disciple (363) Jan 4, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Troeg's Java Head vs. Lagunitas Cappachino Stout

    Lagunitas came out victorious... barely.... both are fantastic ways to start a long day of drinking.
  18. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Great divide fresh hop pale ale vs sn northern hemisphere hahvest, sn wins with just a fuller flavor and feel
  19. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Id love to see NC IPAs/IIPAs paired head to head against fresh Head Hunter and Columbus Brewing Co. IPA/Bodhi with some NC people around. Id love to prove a point once and for all that those OH IPAs are qualititatively better.
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  20. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (840) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    I did a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and Narwhal side by side a few weeks age. 2 awesome brews, the same style but very different from each other. Unable to pick a winner but there was not a loser!
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  21. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,961) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    KTG vs Southampton IRS vs DL vs Darkness vs Sexual Chocolate (infected, so removed)

    4 people blind test.

    KTG got 2 first place votes with Southampton a close second.

    Southampton got 2 first place votes with KTG a close second

    Darkness third for everyone

    DL fourth
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  22. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (226) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    Alright, yet another potential newbie question: how can two guys do a blind tasting together without another person around to pour?

    MNBEERFAN Initiate (152) Nov 11, 2012 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Superbowl Sunday I did a DIPA comparison: Sucks, Abrasive, Myrcenary, Hop Henge. Three of us did the tasting blind and came up with a different order for the first three but Hopslam and Hop Henge were in the bottom for everyone. For me it was

    Myrcenary > Sucks > Abrasive > Hopslam > Hop Henge
  24. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,961) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    For mine we had four People do blind and a fifth person poor. That poorer is irellavant I thought and didn't need to be mentioned.
  25. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (3,053) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Ten Fidy vs Founders Imperial Stout FIS wins.
    Sublimely Self Righteous vs Wooky Jack wow not sure what I liked more
  26. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Tonight, me and a very lucky friend are drinking the following:
    Lagunitas Sucks
    Zombie Dust

    Then we're going heavy:
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Dragon's Milk
    Bell's Black Note
    Bourbon County Coffee Stout

    I've already had all of them, and Zombie Dust and BCCS will be my winners. I'm more curious what his opinions will be...
  27. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    wait a minute. Infected Sexy Chocolate? What year was it, and was it aged. Ive never heard of infected SC.
  28. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Pliny hands down for me. Stone not even comparible to Russian River for me...
  29. NHbeerfishing

    NHbeerfishing Devotee (415) Dec 31, 2012 New Hampshire
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    About to begin day two of New England Snowpocalypse beer showdown. Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy is winning so far with Zombie Dust and Heady rounding out top three. About an hour away from cracking a growler of HF Abner and a Susan for later. The 12/27 Plinys are past prime, two weeks ago they were still delicious. Don't quite understand the hype with Abraisive and Hopslam, they can't touch the Doub Galaxy, Heady or fresh Pliny.

  30. CHADMC3

    CHADMC3 Meyvn (1,113) Mar 5, 2005 Connecticut

    Recently tried Breakfast Stout versus Wake N Bake and I hate to say it but the WNB took the trophy.
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  31. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The beer I drank vs the beer I'm drinking.

    Who wins?

    I do.
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  32. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Have done that exact same showdown...Pliny was the clear cut standout for me. In the end, we are the winners and it goes goes to highlight, it's all subjective, although I'll take Younger over them all in a heartbeat.
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  33. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (158) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
    Beer Trader

    Over the last two months I've done the following:

    Heady vs Pliny (Heady won)
    Narwhal vs Ted Fidy (Narwhal won)
    BCBS vs KBS (BCBS won)
    BCBS vs Parabola (BCBS won)
    FW XV vs FW XVI (XV won)
  34. FlakyBiscuit

    FlakyBiscuit Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Sierra Nevada northern harvest wet hop vs. founders harvest in a battle of the wet hops. Founders squeaked out a close victory.
  35. comfortablynirm

    comfortablynirm Disciple (360) Aug 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I typically label the bottom of the glasses with some masking tape, pour, shuffle, and have the other person bring them over to the table.
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  36. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    A few month ago I did BCBS vs. Central Waters BBS. The result was not even close. If you have to ask, BCBS.
  37. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,961) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Me either. It was a shock to all of us. It was a 2010.
  38. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    are you sure it wasnt oxidized.
  39. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (460) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Citra and Aroma Coma. Citra by a whisker.... maybe
  40. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,120) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    In the "Another Sucks" thread a couple weeks back I did an Abrasive vs. Sucks head-to-head. They taste remarkably similar. Each has its merits and tough to declare a winner. I like Sucks because of its availability and price.
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