So after Big Brew Day 2010 I’ve been pondering the next homebrew. Lately, off and on, I’ve have strong tendencies to hunt down IPAs. Quick and funny story. Some friends of ours, whom the guy is from Washington state, where in an airport somewhere between Georgia and there. Sitting in a pub and order and IPA. Well, in Georgia we call it an IPA, pronounced eye-pee-aye, or I P A. Well the lady in the pub said, around here we call that an IPPA. One word, ip-pa. Still hilarious to me. So here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to choose two India Pale Ales from the same region. For instance, round 1, they’re both from California. They must be year round brews as well. Why would I want to encourage someone to try a beer they can’t get? Let’s list the regions and the beers.
Round 1: West coast – Lagunitas IPA vs Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
Round 2: Mountain – Breckenridge Lucky U IPA vs New Belgium Ranger IPA
Round 3: Lakes – Founders’ Centennial IPA vs Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Round 4: North – Southern Tier IPA vs Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA
Round 5: South – Sweetwater IPA vs Terrapin Hopsecutioner vs Highlands Kashmir IPA (since I’m in Georgia, the south gets an extra participant)
Judging is simple. Which one does my palette prefer. Well also, smell, appearance and mouthfeel (which I still struggle with, because shit, they’re all cold, wet and hopefully delicious).
What is an IPA? An India Pale Ale is a pale ale which is usually amber to copper colored. They can be medium to almost high in alcohol, not to be confused with a DIPA, which is a double IPA, or Imperial IPA. The most distinct character is the hoppy taste, which on the tongue is a bitter taste. On the Internation Bitter Units scales, IPAs will generally run around the 70 IBU range.
So round 1 is complete, results tomorrow. Round 2 is underway, actually on day 2 of round 2 as I type this.