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Elite Eight Beer
Bracket Challenge:
American-Style IPAs

Part II - April 2015


Mark Hall and Sachin Patel (owner of Five Points Botle Shops)


Kateri and The Beer Wench dive into the hoppy IPAs.
Owen Ogletree (director of Brewtopia Events LLC) gathered together fellow craft beer lovers Dean & Gail Graves, Hugo Collantes, Kateri Bertran, Sachin Patel, Mark Hall, Georgia's Beer Wench and Nick Allen in Athens, GA to sample and comment on several outstanding American IPAs and do a head-to-head bracket challenge to determine "best of show." The IPA bracket tasting was completely blind, with brands not being revealed until after the brackets and winner were determined. Products were informally commented upon and ranked according to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines. Drop Owen an email to share your comments and opinions.

These amazing IPAs were also poured at our recent, 20th anniversary Classic City Brew Fest in Athens, GA!
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Here's how the brackets went down...




Comments from the Tasters
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SIERRA NEVADA HOP HUNTER
Chico, CA


Spicy hop aroma; hop flavor is pleasant but light; big bitterness on end; citrus aromas; pungent; impressive body and mouthfeel; piney hops

 


HE'BREW HOP MANNA
New York
SECOND PLACE  

Sweet malt; flowery hops; mild notes, but very drinkable; beautiful hop flavor; bitterness is balanced in the finish; pineapple, tropical fruit notes; malty; light hop aroma and flavor; bold bitterness; peach-like notes; mild hops; well-balanced; bittering hops linger; malt and hops work well together

 



GREEN FLASH WEST COAST IPA
San Diego, CA

Perfume-like hop note; sweet malt; big hop flavor; pleasant bitter finish; hops are bright and tasty; citrus notes; malty aroma; quite bitter and hop-forward; lingering bitterness; alcohol presence





GOOSE ISLAND IPA
Chicago, IL
THIRD PLACE

Sweet malt; earthy notes; thyme, herbal lemon hop notes; bitter finish; nice complexity; hops seem a bit mild; light aromas; malty; honey note; fruity; hops are a bit restrained; pear hints; light end of style in terms of hops and malt; grassy; moderate body; esters
 


BREWDOG PUNK IPA
Scotland, UK
THIRD PLACE

Resiny; herbal; pleasing bitterness; sweet, malty aroma; honey-like notes; well-made; great hop/malt balance; dry finish; good, hoppy malt aroma; mild malty body; light caramel tone; piney resins; fresh hops





RED HARE GANGWAY IPA
Marietta, GA

Herbal, tropical fruit hop notes; candy sugar hint; hops are a bit restrained; clean and crisp; grassy; balanced a  bit toward malt for style





BLACK DIAMOND WHITE WITCH IPA
Concord, CA
FIRST PLACE

Fruity; pleasant maltiness; citrusy hops; grapefruity; hint of clove in the finish; well balanced; malty; piney; body is great for style; lemon notes; piney hops







ILKLEY MARY JANE IPA
Yorkshire, UK

Piney; mild bitterness; estery; nice bitter finish; slightly sweet body and mouthfeel; minimal hop nose; pleasant and quite drinkable





     



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