Monday, January 7, 2013

2012 California IPA Tournament: Round 1, Heats 7-10

Heat 7:
Lagunitas (Petaluma), $7.99/6-pack, 6.2% ABV, 16.55 NSP, 14 points
Bison Organic (Berkeley), $4.19/22oz, 6.0% ABV, 9.31 NSP, 5 points
High Water Hop Riot (Chico), $4.99/22oz, 7.3% ABV, 9.51 NSP, 11 points

Andy: 1) Lagunitas; 2) High Water;
3) Bison
Brendan: 1) Lagunitas; 
2) High Water; 3) Bison
Brent: 1) Lagunitas; 2) High Water;
3) Bison
Matt: 1) Lagunitas; 2) High Water; 
3) Bison
Samer: 1) High Water; 2) Lagunitas
3) Bison

Lagunitas more or less cleans up on this one.  In my opinion, it wasn't close.  The most notable comment was that Brent thought High Water tasted like ice cream, specifically Thrifty's Malt Ball Crunch.  Bison was one of the two worst beers we tasted in the first round.

Heat 8:
Cismontane Coulter (Rancho Santa Margarita), $4.49/500mL, 7.2% ABV, 8.02 NSP, 6 points
Karl Strauss Tower 10 (San Diego), $8.29/6-pack, 7.0% ABV, 18.01 NSP, 9 points
Alpine Duet (Alpine), $7.99/22oz, 7.0% ABV, 5.69 NSP, 15 points

Andy: 1) Alpine; 2) Karl Strauss; 
3) Cismontane
Brendan: 1) Alpine; 2) Karl Strauss; 
3) Cismontane
Brent: 1) Alpine; 2) Karl Strauss; 
3) Cismontane
Matt: 1) Alpine; 2) Cismontane; 
3) Karl Strauss
Samer: 1) Alpine; 2) Karl Strauss; 
3) Cismontane

Another one goes chalk, with Alpine completely blowing out the other two; everyone pretty much shotgunned the losers and then took their time with Duet.  Samer identified it immediately just by the smell.  There was a good amount of vulgar commentary about what people would like to do with a glass of was sort of along these lines.  Impressively, Matt was able to blind identify Tower 10.  I'm still not quite sure how or why.

Heat 9:
Moylan's NorCal (Novato), $4.99/22oz, 6.9% ABV, 8.99 NSP, 10 points
Bear Republic Racer 5 (Healdsburg), $9.69/6-pack, 7.0% ABV, 15.39 NSP, 6 points
North Coast Acme (Fort Bragg), $9.59/6-pack, 6.9% ABV, 15.33 NSP, 14 points

Andy: 1) Moylan's; 2) North Coast; 
3) Bear Republic
Brendan: 1) North Coast; 
2) Moylan's; 3) Bear Republic
Brent: 1) North Coast; 
2) Bear Republic3) Moylan's
Matt: 1) North Coast; 
2) Moylan's; 3) Bear Republic
Samer: 1) North Coast; 
2) Moylan's; 3) Bear Republic

Another upset as Racer 5 faceplants.  It clearly suffered from the same lack of freshness as Stone did.  There weren't really any comments, other than Matt thinking North Coast was Racer 5 (oops).  I thought all three were pretty unremarkable.

Heat 10:
Marin (Larkspur), $4.99/22oz, 7.0% ABV, 9.12 NSP, 12 points
Kern River Just Outstanding (Kernville), $4.99/22oz, 6.8% ABV, 8.86 NSP, 9 points
Green Flash West Coast (San Diego), $8.99/4-pack, 7.3% ABV, 11.53 NSP, 9 points

Andy: 1) Green Flash; 2) Marin; 
3) Kern River
Brendan: 1) Kern River; 
2) Green Flash; 3) Marin
Brent: 1) Marin; 
2) Kern River3) Green Flash
Matt: 1) Marin; 
2) Kern River3) Green Flash
Samer: 1) Marin; 
2) Green Flash; 3) Kern River

Matchup of a couple of big punchers with Kern and Green Flash, and Marin sneaks in and upsets both of them.  Again, not much commentary, other than Andy noting that Kern smelled like a freshly opened can of pineapple.  I agreed wholeheartedly, and as tie breaker, I put Kern ahead of Green Flash based on that pineapple accent, which is one of the foremost things I love to find in an IPA.


  1. Holy crap Matt, nice work on Tower Blah!

  2. I love Duet. My favorite beer ever. Erica