I recently have acquired quite a nice collection of beers from around the country through trades and a day trip to Grand Rapids (I'm from Cleveland) to pick up some KBS. Two of these beers, Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper, are considered two of the best beers in the country. I had to try a blind taste test against a local favorite of mine, The Brew Kettles White Rajah! A buddy of mine joined me in this venture and we both ranked them the same. White Rajah Heady Topper Pliny I realize White Rajah is not a double IPA but they are all a hop heads dream come true! I found it very interesting that we favored the lesser known local over the nationally acclaimed brews. I'm sure there was some bias as out palates are use to the local taste but it was a cool experiment that made me all the more proud of our local brewery! We also finished the night with a Shorts Huma Lupa. At that point we were feeling pretty good but had we included this beer in the mix I feel it would have been close to the top as well! Hurray for the local heros!