Most shocking blind taste test

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  1. anteater

    anteater Champion (813) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon

    I'm wondering if anybody has an experience they'd like to share where they did a blind taste test and were surprised by the results. Sometimes it hard to form true opinions when your mind is clouded by the hype of the beer.

    My most shocking blind taste test was between Sculpin, Pliny the Elder and Binary IPA. I had expected Pliny to be the clear winner. I picked out my least favorite instantly and chose my favorite between the other two after some thought. The results were 1. Sculpin 2. Binary 3. Pliny.
     
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  2. ElijahRivera

    ElijahRivera Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2009 New York

    My gf at the time and I did a blind tasting of 14 Pale Ales. I only knew what six of them were going into it, and the identity of all of them were concealed during the tasting. I've been meaning to post about the whole event, but the big surprise was how badly Brooklyn Summer Ale did. It only ranked higher than an infected Poleeko, and a one or two stale/outdated beers. A couple outdated beers were actually better than the fresh Brooklyn Summer, and even Bass ended up with higher ratings and rankings.
     
  3. DropInBrewer

    DropInBrewer Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Vermont

    Guinness Extra Stout and Anchor Steam are two sacred cows that get slaughtered in blind tastings at the ABG.
     
  4. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Pliny the Elder and Hop Stoopid.


    Pliny the Elder won. Big surprise right.
     
  5. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,902) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona
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    Yes and it's why I don't drink or praise my local brewers. Their examples stick out like crazy in a lineup of the better stuff from nearby states within the same styles.
     
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  6. wardenclyffe

    wardenclyffe Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2010 Virginia

    Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, and Westy 12. I place in them in that order after trying them all blind. I am wondering if my tastes for Belgian beer suck.
     
  7. Brokentalontsi

    Brokentalontsi Initiate (0) Nov 10, 2012 Texas

    Trying to correctly identify 14 different macro lagers ranging from natty light to Amstel light. As a group we is surprisingly poor, with the average getting about 6 right.

    Worst BY FAR was a beer called Frio Light sold at HEB's. most people thought that was the 2 yr old natty, was terrible.
     
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  8. Providence

    Providence Champion (801) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I'd like to see people do a blind taste test with big name IPA's that have limited distribution, but also include Sierra Nevada Torpedo in the mix.
     
  9. anteater

    anteater Champion (813) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon


    must have been pretty tough to tell which one was Black Tuesday huh?
     
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  10. shnsajax

    shnsajax Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    I went Westy, St B 12, Rochefort 10 doing it blind. Drinking Westy straight from In De Vrede is awesome.

    Either way I could spend the rest of my life drinking nothing but those three and be perfectly happy.
     
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  11. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Oh, the irony! I had a Brooklyn Summer Ale last night and it was possibly the worst beer I've had in four years. And, yes, having tasted the US-brewed Bass PA, I would put it way ahead of that summer swill. I'm not a fan of most beers proclaiming their summer seasonableness (not dissing whole seasonal styles, however), but most of them are just feeble inoffensive incarnations. This one was actively bad.
     
  12. MCain04

    MCain04 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Texas

    Did a blind taste of Sculpin, Pliny, and Heady. It was way too easy to tell them all apart. Pretty distinct IPAs, each of them.
     
  13. beatenbyjacks

    beatenbyjacks Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2011 Colorado

    Did a blind tasting with 90 Minute, Rampant, Myrcenary, Hopslam, Hercules, and Double Jack. Surprisingly Hop Slam did not rate as high as I would have expected. Myrcenary got the best overall ranking with Double Jack coming in 2nd.
     
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  14. anteater

    anteater Champion (813) Sep 10, 2012 Oregon

    Here's two more blind taste tests I've done:

    Sculpin, Union Jack, Racer 5, Stone IPA, 90 Minute, Green Flash West Coast IPA (in that order)

    I was suprised that Racer 5 did better than Stone and I was very surprised by how much I disliked Green Flash in comparison to the rest

    La Fin du Monde, Chimay White, Westmalle Tripel (in that order)

    These were all pretty equal, I was very relieved that the cheapest one is also the best.
     
  15. TwoTrees

    TwoTrees Disciple (341) Oct 31, 2012 Washington

    Sculpin.

    [drops mic]
     
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  16. udubdawg

    udubdawg Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 Kansas

    Don't be so hard on yourself. You picked a 100 and a 99 over another 100. There is no wrong order with these three. FWIW I'd pick the 99 first.
     
  17. volta

    volta Aspirant (264) Dec 21, 2008 New Jersey
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    A buddy and I did a blind gueuze tasting with Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and St. Louis Fond. Cantillon finished last, with Drie Fonteinen winning it pretty handily.
     
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  18. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Racer 5 tastes like cigarette butts as far as I am concerned... I'm surprised it would beat any beer in a blind taste test..
     
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  19. Kjanisch7

    Kjanisch7 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Doing an awesome blind taste test this weekend: Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, Pliny, and Green Flash Imperial IPA...should be interesting
     
  20. fuzzbalz

    fuzzbalz Disciple (340) Apr 13, 2002 Georgia


    I've never done any blind tasting, but sounds interesting. I also like your line up, maybe should also add Sculpin in there. I'd be very interested in that outcome, Sculpin is one of my top 5 ipa's.
     
  21. fernz18

    fernz18 Initiate (123) Feb 6, 2009 California

    Please let us know how this goes!
     
  22. mariacha

    mariacha Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2013 Colorado

  23. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey


    I'm very jealous of this blind taste testing. I always drink my IPAs before I can put together a blind taste test. lol
     
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  24. the_trystero

    the_trystero Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 California

    I did Cascade Blueberry vs Beauregarde vs HaandBryggeriet Blåbic blindfolded a couple of weeks ago. Blåbic was my favorite, probably because I'm very familiar with it, then Beauregarde, then Cascade. I went into it expecting the Cascade to be my favorite but it ended being the opposite.
     
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  25. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2011 Indiana

    I'd place them in the same order.

    Rochefort 10 is the bomb.
     
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  26. ChanceK

    ChanceK Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2012 Texas
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    When picking between the 3 best beers in the world (IMHO) there is no wrong answer.
     
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  27. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Devotee (483) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Wow!!! I am an amateur compared to yinz. As a non IPA BA I commend you all for being able to tell the subtle differences in beers that are so in you face hopped!
     
  28. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Poo-Bah (3,424) May 29, 2005 Ohio
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    Some friends and I have done a couple blind tastings over the last year or so, where you bring a whale and a shelf beer that you think compares well. Some outcomes were easy (Blauw was distinct versus recent 3F Oude Gueuze). Other pairings were more difficult:
    1. Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord was nearly indistinguishable from Vanilla Bourbon County. That was shocking, they tasted like the exact same beer.
    2. Uplands raspberry lambic performed VERY well against Framboos 2011.

    Hopefully someone else with a better memory will chime in too. I don't remember half of them half as well as I should like, and I liked less than half of them half as well as they deserved.
     
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  29. abcz

    abcz Initiate (60) Aug 23, 2013 California

    It's not going to be a blind taste test, but I've got a bottle of Pliny and a can of HT ready to be tasted side by side this evening. And then a growler of Pliny to finish the night. Might ask the wife to set it up a three way blind with a Stone RuinTen.
     
  30. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    A question for people doing blind taste tests with hoppy IPAs--how do you make sure they don't overlap? Do you wash your mouth with bleach after each sample? Just curious. I find that, no matter how much I may like a hoppy beer, it tends to ruin the taste of everything that follows. Some brewery reps tend to put IPAs first in tasting lineup, because, they reason, it's the one most likely to leave an impression. Unfortunately that also means it will be the only one to leave an impression...
     
  31. GuinnessAtRogerWilco

    GuinnessAtRogerWilco Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2013 New Jersey

    Every year my friends and I get together and do a Pumpkin beer party with well over a dozen Pumpkin beers. One year we had it at this one girl's house and she cooked food to go with the beers and made a palate cleansing beverage with lemon and pomegranate juice. She said she found the recipe online and that it's supposed to be good for cleansing your palate for tasting beers and wines. I tried some and it tastes fine and it did seem to wash some of the maltiness and spices off my tongue from whatever Pumpkins I previously drank.
    I did a blind tasting for my customers during the NCAA March Madness, calling it our Local Craft Beer March Madness Tournament where we'd hold a tasting every Saturday. I had 4 categories: IPAs, Belgian Style, Stouts and Assorted Ales. Beers from Dogfish, Victory, Troegs, Weyerbacher, River Horse, Flying Fish, etc. I seeded the beers based on a combination of ratings and sales. Here's the results I got:
    Belgian Style winner: Victory Golden Monkey, #1 seed
    Stout winner: Victory Storm King, #1 seed
    Assorted Ales winner: Flying Fish Red Fish, I had originally used their XPA in the play-in round but when the bottles of my #1 seed (Climax ESB) kept foaming like a volcano, I had to replace it and chose Red Fish which I regretted not using instead of the XPA, so it won as a 'walk on'
    IPA winner: Dogfish 60 Minute, #1 seed
    The winners of each category then went head-to-head and Flying Fish Red Fish won. One of my best beer customers is always doing beer tasting tournaments with his group of friends and he said when you get beers of different styles together that it's usually a Red Ale or something similar that ends up winning over IPAs, Stouts and Belgians. He called it.
    I'm going to have to think of one to do for the World Cup. That should be interesting.
     
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  32. JDizzle

    JDizzle Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 Indiana

    I would love to see what the score of each beer would be with a blind test for all. I know my beers scores would be different....just being honest. I know I have been swayed from time to time from all the hype from this forum or my personal belief.
     
  33. Spikester

    Spikester Poo-Bah (2,786) Jul 14, 2007 Oregon
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    Just now drinking a Stone Ruination after two hoppy IPAs. Guess what, it tastes like an IPA not a double as listed on Ba.
     
  34. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (304) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    Where can I get an invite to this?
     
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  35. abcz

    abcz Initiate (60) Aug 23, 2013 California

    I poured a half a glass of HT and Pliny for me and a friend and it was hard to tell the difference after a few mouth fulls of each. The cloudiness of HT was a dead give away of which beer was which. Pliny was cleaner, crisper and lighter, but the HT had a depth of character and creamier or richer mouth feel that was pretty awesome. Afterwards I did another side by side taste after of a bottle Pliny and a growler Pliny. Plenty of difference to be tasted and seen. There actually seemed to be a color difference. Growler Pliny wins by a nose...and a taste bud.
     
  36. RobM77

    RobM77 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois

    Did a quick and dirty blind taste test in my kitchen while home brewing last weekend - Mikkeller Millk Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Jones Dog and Odells Lugene.

    It was Jones Dog, Odells, Mikkeller, Left Hand. Jones Dog was clearly the best beer of this bunch to me.
     
  37. DrtyBvrJuce

    DrtyBvrJuce Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 California

    You shouldn't even know the beers in the lineup for a blind tasting. But crappy beer such as Heady that's full of shit in the beer are easily identified, thus imparting bias.
     
  38. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2006 Alabama

  39. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I've never done a blind tasting event, sounds like it would be fun, but hard here to get some of the better top end IPA's some are seasonal only and things would have to be fresh to be fair.
     
  40. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,389) Sep 5, 2007 Florida
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    Some great and interesting results so far. I always wanted to do the Rochefort 10, ABT 12 and Westy thing.

    Question for those that did. Did you guys try to match ages of the beers?
     
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